A Corvette fan has a wild imagination.
It's a long-known fact Chevrolet has been considering a mid-engine Corvette decades before it finally happened when the 2020 Chevy Corvette debuted last year. Several concepts were built along the way showcasing just what could be possible. Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov was the one who originally favored and continued to champion the switch to a mid-engine layout even after his retirement from the automaker.
Sadly, it didn't happen in his lifetime, though word has it Chevy is planning for the ultimate C8 Corvette to bear his name as a fitting tribute. But what if Chevy did adapt the mid-engine design years ago, say during the era of the C3, which arrived in 1968? What would have a concept version looked like?
Lifelong Corvette fan and graphic artist Josip Mihic asked himself that very question back in 2011 and, nine years later, has revealed his answer.
"The year was 2011, I was drawing a Corvette concept on a piece of cheap A4 paper. Nine years later I find myself using the same drawing as a motivation and core inspiration, for creating the MJ-C3," Mihic writes. "If the 2011 concept is the soul of MJ-C3, then 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."
His description couldn't be more accurate as we can clearly see design elements of everything mentioned here. We really like its clamshell body design, low roofline, and overall sleek appearance. There's also some design inspiration from the many 70s and early 80s wedge theme concept cars.
And yes, this concept clearly has a mid-engine layout, though no specific engine was provided in the artist's description. "This race car-like design ensures easy access to the trunk and engine areas," Mihic adds. And, of course, there are those now ancient pop-up headlights. The wheel designs are also straight from the C4.
Although this design may not be for everyone, we no longer have to keep wondering whether or not Chevy would move the Vette's engine to behind the driver. The deed has finally been done.