• Aug 4, 2010
SV Motors 9 Competizione – Click above for high-res image gallery

Exactly a year ago today, we got our first real-life glimpse of the SV Motors 9 Competizione, an American/Italian mash-up built atop the C6 Chevrolet Corvette and coated in custom carbon fiber coachwork. 365 days later and the dream has turned into a nightmare.

Joseph Viloa (aka Giuseppe Viola), a 58-year-old investment consultant based in San Francisco, CA and the man behind SV Motors, has reportedly been indicted by a federal grand jury on aggravated identity theft, mail and wire fraud. In the process, he allegedly bilked victims for around $7 million – two million of which went into the design and production of the SV 9. And this wasn't the first time he's run afoul of the law.

Viloa was previous convicted of fraud, serving five years in Arizona, and is currently behind bars in Maricopa County where he's awaiting trial for another fraud case from 1990. His latest round of illegal escapades reportedly ran from 2004 to 2010, during which he may have defrauded at least 60 investors.

From what we can gather, only a handful of SV 9s were produced, so assuming the Feds get their conviction, the only time you'll see a Competizione is at the occasional auto show and – yes – as Lafayette's ride in True Blood re-runs. Top tippage Brian!



[Source: SFGate]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I can hear Malcolm Bricklin laughing so loud he's waking up the ghost of John DeLorean . . .
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Ithrazel - I was gonna say that! I think the Tucker is/ was the best car ever.
        • 4 Years Ago
        1948 tucker torpedo, a true dream-car also was scrapped due to alleged fraud case.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yet another Great American Success At Any Cost story.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This season of TrueBlood is lagging behind, so is MadMen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Say what you will but in my opinion the C6 Corvette has never looked so good .
      Especially that interior . GM could learn a lesson or two from this guy . As with Tucker GM was also involved in that fiasco & from the looks of this beautiful rendition they are probably knee deep in this one also .
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who the hell would be dumb enough to buy this POS over a standard Vette?
        • 4 Years Ago
        ask people from Dubai
      • 4 Years Ago
      i don't see the point either
      • 4 Years Ago
      He should be arrested for that BMW/Ferrari/Alfa front end!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am sorry but I think this car looks much better than many of the others cars out there today. The interior quality would go a long way and get a whole new set of buyers in looking at the Vette if they could pull off this interior.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What is funny is that in True Blood, they sit in it and make fun of american cars, when this is basically a corvette with a nice interior.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My very first thoughts were that I liked the look of it and I wondered if and hoped that the interior was a cut above the usual Corvette and it seems to be. To bad the guy behind SV Motors is just another cheap chiseler.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the front of that car looks like a puffer fish.

      Unpuffed, of course.
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