We have featured work from Abimelec Arellano’s time machine to an alternate past in these pages before (A late-May edition of Quick Shifts reveled in his outstanding “1959 Escalade“). So impressive was Arellano’s work, that our amigos at Hagerty Media have snapped him up for a new series entitled, “What If?”
After taking readers back to a version of 1970 where Ford made a Raptor trim level of the Bronco, Abimelec set his sights on America’s Sports Car for the second official running of his new column.
So, with his DeLorean set for 1953, Mr. Arellano set off to a timeline where Chevrolet’s sporty halo model had been mid-engined from the get-go.
This is an intriguing version of history for a Corvette enthusiast to ponder. It was the 1953 Motorama Corvette that attracted the “Father of the Corvette,” Zora Arkus-Duntov to General Motors. He then spent his tenure as Corvette chief engineer attempting to get his bosses to sign off on moving the ‘Vette’s engine to the middle. What if Zora was already on board at GM when work on the Plastic Fantastic was beginning? Would he have succeeded in producing his mid-engine vision with the inaugural Corvette? Was he already dreaming of an engine behind the driver in 1953? The possibilities of what could have been if these, and infinite other, circumstances would have been slightly different are endless and Abimelec’s render is a fascinating view into what could have led to a completely different heritage for our favorite vehicle.
Be sure to head on over to Hagerty where each new render is accompanied by a fictional, period-correct review. The ME ’53 short take is a parody of our other friends at Jalopnik (or in this case, a ‘50s version called Jalopies and Knick-Knacks) and their propensity for trying a bit too hard to come off as edgy and hip, humorously highlighted by the excessive use of outdated slang.
We are looking forward to the next time that a Corvette is subjected to a What If? transformation, seeing C’s 2-7 professionally reproportioned for a mid-mounted motivator is a tantalizing prospect but, we suspect, Abimelec has something even more creative up his sleeves!
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[PICS] Chazcron Renders Zora with the C8 Corvette
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