We’ve always liked the looks of the Pontiac Solstice and its cousin, the Saturn Sky.
But in our eyes, they always lacked something – in other words, they may be sharp but they just aren’t a Corvette.
Well, one designer on the internet has decided to do something about that – at least virtually.
Abimelecdesign says “this idea has been on my head for some time” and he finally “put it together” – a C1 Corvette body on a Pontiac Solstice chassis.
Abimelec points out that the original Corvette is “a pretty car” but that it has “not-so-great underpinnings.” In the past, some owners tried to overcome that lack of power by putting a stretched C1 body on a C5 Corvette, but the proportions have never looked quite right to us.
That’s why this designer believes the Pontiac Solstice “fits the bill perfect” to improve the C1 Corvette.
Indeed, he says the Solstice GXP – with a four-speed manual transmission and a 2.0-liter turbocharged Ecotec straight-four engine capable of 260 horsepower – provides “definitely more spice” with a 110-horsepower jump over the 150 horses out of the original ’53 Corvette’s Blue Flame inline-six and Powerglide automatic. If that’s not enough juice for you, another possibility, in his mind, is an LS swap.
He goes on to say the Solstice and the C1 have “really similar” wheelbases, and he notes that “the body of the Corvette just kind of falls into place over it.” The dash-to-axle ratio is shorter in the ‘Vette-bodied Solstice and the rear overhang is slightly shorter as well, he argues, but “the whole car keeps the main proportions of the original intact.”
Would you want a Pontiac Solsvette or a Chevy Corstice in your garage?