Sometimes the best interpreters of American culture aren’t even citizens of our great country. See British rock, Japanese hot rod culture or the huge collection of restored ’50s “Forward Look” Mopars over in Sweden.
This C3 Corvette build from the Mapet Tuning Group based in Poland, is a textbook example of taking an overplayed tune, adding a fresh arrangement, and presto, a brand new creation is born.
In the case of this old Shark, our European friends have combined Bill Mitchell’s masterpiece with a skosh of cambered, Japanese tuner flavoring and although it might not be your cup of tea, this C3 will never be associated with jorts and orthopedic Reeboks.
Once the butt of mullet jokes and worse, the iconic C3 has been redeemed in the last ten years and just seems to get better and better. Debuting way back in 1965 as the Mako Shark II concept, this body style is now 56 years old and looks as fresh and exciting as ever. Over 500k Sharks were built over a 14 year period and they are now cheap and plentiful.
If a few have to be “sacrificed” to keep new blood in the family, so be it.
Although we are not huge fans of the cambered wheel thing, the stance, craftsmanship, and overall look of this ‘Vette are spot on. While tweaking the styling of a C3 may seem as easy as falling off a truck, subtly improving one of the most brilliant industrial designs of the 20th century is ultimately hard to do. The Corvette Summer C3 movie car comes to mind as what not to do.
The car is a work in process and details are a bit fuzzy but for now, dig the renders and see the progress the guys are making on this ‘Vette. We’ll circle back and keep tabs on the process. Thanks to our Polish Corvette brothers for a cool take on an old favorite.