And it just so happens to be for sale.
There’s been news lately about the possibility of the next generation Chevrolet Corvette switching to a mid-engine platform. We’ll believe it when we see it; this rumor is decades old. But we’re not at all against mid-engine sports cars and supercars, it’s just that the Corvette has an iconic history with its engine placed up front. Nevertheless, many have tinkered with the mid-engine possibility from time to time, and this restomod 1963 Corvette V7 Twin Turbo Custom Coupe is one damn fine example.
It is perhaps the Zora Arkus-Duntov’s dream machine. Built by Florida-based American Supercars, Inc., its inspirations were also Ferraris, Porsches, and Ford GT40s of that era. And now it’s again going up for auction on Sunday, May 29 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In case you need any additional convincing, here are 7 reasons why this old Vette is absolutely wonderful: 1. It’s got that famed rear split-window. 2. It features an articulated “suislide” door system and cab-forward design. 3. Power comes from a modern LS twin-turbo 5.7-liter V8 that dynos at 1,067 hp and 915 lb-ft of torque. 4. 0-60 mph happens in less than three seconds.
5. The body has been widened by 10 inches. 6. Penske Racing provided the suspension system. 7. "It’s the Corvette Duntov would have built to win Le Mans." The auction house predicts it'll sell for somewhere between $90,000 and $110,000.