• Aug 19th 2008 at 2:00PM
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There is a trend in the works that takes a modern Corvette chassis, jettisons the stock fiberglass bodywork and adds a new shell that mimics the look of an older, classic 'Vette. We have seen Classic Reflection Coachworks' take on the '62 'vert with C5 underpinnings, and now a company by the name of Blue Fusion has tackled the iconic split window. One problem: their press release continually refers to the 1966 split window, which doesn't exist as the only year the two-piece rear glass was produced was '63. But, let's not let silly little things like facts get in the way. The resultant Rossi 66 cribs the workings of a modern C6 Corvette and adds a unique Sting Ray look.

Blue Fusion plans to debut its Rossi 66 at the upcoming SEMA event in November, assuming that the company is able to find the funding it needs to actually produce its first car. So far, all we have to look at are the renderings below, though we can clearly see that the '66 '63 body looks much better grafted onto a modern platform than the '62 does. We'll see if it makes an appearance in Sin City later this year.

[Source: Blue Fusion via Jalopnik]

Press Release:

We are pleased to introduce to the Corvette enthusiasts of the world, the new Rossi 66. Taking the most graceful lines of the 1966 C2 split window Corvette, we have crafted an entirely new body designed and engineered specifically for the current C6/Z06/ZR1 platform. We believe the result speaks for itself!

The Rossi 66 was entirely designed and engineered digitally and is the culmination of nearly 100 years of combined experience amongst three of the most experienced automotive designer, sculptor, and engineer in the business. Emphasis added...this is NOT a kit car!

The Rossi 66 will be built to order from a new C6, a C6/Z06/ZR1 or a customer supplied C6 donor chassis to be transformed in our own facilities. The initial offering is a three door coupe with a fully functioning convertible to be developed in the near future. Along with those two variants, there will also be various stages of Sport and Competition versions up to and including a GT2 class type for full on-track racing applications.

As we all know, the substantial capabilities of the C6 chassis and the vast respective tuning suppliers will allow infinite possibilities for a broad range of customer tastes. Partnership with these existing C6 tuners may be negotiated in the future. Also offered from Rossi will be custom designed one-piece/multi-piece light weight Rossi forged wheels, Rossi big brake kits, Rossi custom exhaust system, Rossi appointed interior trims and seating along with many other custom accessories designed specifically for this brand.

The parent corporation, Blue Fusion, has been a Tier One surfacing supplier for Ford Motor Company for over 15 years and is both ISO9001 and Ford Q1 certified (higher than ISO rating scale). Production tolerances will be of the highest in the automotive industry. This includes Class-A surfacing and the fit and finish will be competitive with the best of modern production releases.

Our debut target is to introduce a full running production vehicle to be displayed at SEMA 2008 (investment capitol dependent). The design is near completion and tooling is set to begin next month in September. Investment opportunities are available so if this of interest to someone you know, please don't hesitate to spread the news. The Rossi 66 is available for orders as of today!

For more information regarding either Blue Fusion or the Rossi 66 and it's pricing, please contact David R. Robison at davidr@fusion2k.com.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      This thing is TIMELESS! Awesome!!! I'm a designer at GM and I'm envious of who ever got to do this beautiful Rossi...Obviously, must be a pro!
      • 7 Years Ago
      looks too aged.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Isnt that the point?
        • 7 Years Ago
        alright. but just too aged.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it. A Lot. I love the current vette as it sits, but this is just sexy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      stunning, absolutely beautiful. i have to wonder what the rossi appointed interior would look like. it would be seriously sweet if this made it into production and doesn't turn out to be just vaporware. only time will tell on that. i would love this in a stock C6 chassis with a custom interior, but i would change the wheel design. i'd also love to have a dsg style transmission with paddleshifters made available for this so i could have a choice of cruising in automatic or shifting for myself
      • 7 Years Ago
      Classic batmobile?
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow i really wonder how much this would cost.. i really like it! i wonder if they have some interior touches for it too!
      • 7 Years Ago
      That looks frickin' great.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes, a bloody ton better than the Reflections work.. Very nice.
        • 7 Years Ago
        sweet moses mama.

        That is how you do retro.
        of course, it suffers from the same fate as stang, camaro, and challenger as its is 8/7 scale (just indicating oversized) but the look is phenomonal.
        no fat panels to look at line the challenger body, mustang rear,...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love these retro rides on newer platforms.

      This... This is the Corvette for me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That has the potential to be beautiful. Or not. I want to see more. Maybe different colors so you can see what's going on.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd do it.



      I'd buy it...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Whoever made the model of this car has some real talent. Far more than most GM designers.

      The concept captures what a Corvette should be perfectly. Since 1984 the Corvette has been a plastic piece of garbage with a pretty good engine.

      There are a few areas that would be problamatic for production but overall the design is pretty sound. If GM did make this as the next gen production Corvette they may actually get non Corvette people excited about the car.
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