We’ve always wondered what a mid-engine version of the C3 Corvette would have looked like.
In the midst of Chevrolet’s introduction of a modern mid-engine version with the 2020 Corvette, this new rendering by Croatian artist Josip Mihic answers that question, at least in one man’s imagination.
The Corvette MJ-C3 is the culmination of nearly a decade of dreaming by Mihic, who says he initially drew such a concept car on a piece of cheap A4 paper in 2011. “Nine years later I find myself using the same drawing as a motivation, and core inspiration, for creation of the MJ-C3,” he says.
Mihic compares his 2011 concept to the soul of the MJ-C3, then says “its body is made out of a classic C3 Corvette, mixed with C4 design elements, and concept Corvettes like Aerovette, CERV-II, and XP-880 Astro.”
Indeed, the car has a touch of all those design elements, and we even caught a glimpse of Speed Racer in one of the angles.
This car would be a true exotic, with its clamshell body design and gullwing doors, but with that low roofline, could you imagine how hard it would be to enter and exit this beautiful car in the real world?
“During the design process,” Mihic says, “I was divided between engine layouts, simply because the iconic bonnet look disappears if the car has a mid-engined layout. After some thinking I decided that Chevrolet Corvette MJ-C3 is a mid-engine sports car concept.”
The prominent feature of his design, he says, is the clamshell body design, with a horizontal line splitting the top half of the vehicle from the bottom half.
“This race car like design ensures easy access to the trunk and engine areas,” he says.
So would you have bought a car that looked like this back in the day – or better yet today?
Josip Mihic via AutoEvolution.com
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