• Nov 24th 2008 at 1:58PM
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Might it be possible that the General would consider going retro for its next Corvette? It's worked wonders for the current crop of remade pony cars, with Chevy's own Camaro being a prime example. Some might argue, though, that the modern 'Vette has never really strayed from its core ethos of offering big performance for a relatively low price, so perhaps it's not in dire need of visiting the past for inspiration. On the other hand, its current styling is an evolution of the C4 design and doesn't bear much resemblance to past classic generations.

One enthusiast by the name of Christian Cyrulewski has taken matters into his own hands by using the third-generation Corvette as inspiration for a rebodied C6, the current version of America's sports car. This is the second version of the C3R, as it's designer calls it, and it's received some tweaks since last time we showed it to you, with more to come we're told. Design elements like the Mako Shark-inspired front fender peaks and steeply flowing rear buttresses from the early C3 series are present, as are hideaway head lights, which were a Corvette staple until the latest C6.

While there are no firm plans to produce a car based on these renderings, past indications are that Cyrulewski would like to see the first C3R running down Woodward Avenue for next year's Dream Cruise. We'll be there, of course, and will definitely keep our eyes peeled for the C3R.

[Source: Serious Wheels]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the current Corvette a lot. I think it looks great and you have your choice of performance values.

      I like this a lot more. Agreed about the rear glass, tho.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Still has the hideous flat rear-end slab from the C6. If that got some attention, I'd be all over it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      a little bit corvette, a little bit GT40, all sexy. If there is to be a C7 I think retro might be the way to go.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. If he can design this, I'm sure he can make sexy designs of other cars. Are you listening Porsche and BMW? (And that Sahin guy as well, genius.)
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Come to daddy! This Vette and myself are going to need some alone time, excuse us.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow! Now that's a Corvette!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice, but something needs to be done about the rear-end. It's about time they got away from that design of a nice curvy car leading to a completely flat rear bumper. Maybe something like a '63 shape, where it curves downward a bit....anything.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the "retro" move that ford and GM have done with their mustang, challenger, and camero are all rather retarded.

      I think taking syling cues from past generations is great, but when you have the speedometer with the 60's font for the numbers, thats just nasty.

      I realize a lot of this is to capture the market of people who grew up with these cars and are now older/richer.

      I currently own a c6 z06 - and if THAT is what the C7 looked like I guarantee you i would NOT buy one. Maybe it's an age thing - I grew up loving C5's and above (yes im kinda young) but some things need to stay in the 60's and 70's.
      • 6 Years Ago
      this guy is talented.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Hell, if GM built this I'd buy a Corvette. I think it's brilliant.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There was a rendering in the first group, a week or two ago, that had the original rear glass, as an optional configuration.

        The C3 changed for 1977, IIRC, from flat rear glass, to fastback curved, swept-back glass, which has been kept since, to current.

        The only things I can pick at...

        The creases in the roof... make the creases at the side really flow into the flying buttresses, so that the transparent roof would look good, and the a-pillars and roof panel side rails can be painted, but leave the windsheild, roof, and center span behind the roof panel, over the rear glass can be black or tinted.. from the cowl to the back of the roof.

        lower the headlight placement, and make them flush clear covers over fixed lights. Closer to the bumper line, though.

        I would de-emphasize the spear in the hood... but I can understand it being how it is...

        and one last thing.

        raise the side markers to be right in line, or very complimentary to the ends of the thin metal bumper strips. Make the side markers as extensions of those, not down further on the bodywork.

        But as a whole... this looks A MILLION PERCENT better than the current Corvette. A BILLION PERCENT better than the C5.

        I would buy this car. I am not a corvette fan, due to it's styling, fit and finish compared to it's price and purpose. The C6 should be more gorgeous than it is. The C3R IS that gorgeous.

        But this updated, sleeker version of the C3's idiom is the best I've seen, and actually better looking than the REAL C3 ever was.

        • 6 Years Ago
        ... except for the massive blind spots. Keep the standard Vette rear glass.
        • 6 Years Ago
        not to mention that flat glass will kill the aero. But it is a sex machine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow that thing is damn sexy.
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