• Jan 22, 2011
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe at Barrett-Jackson 2011 – Click above for high-res image gallery

The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette is an iconic American sports car. The split-window coupe is instantly recognizable and serves as one of the symbols of Zora Arkus-Duntov's legacy with General Motors. Up for auction at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale is a re-imagining of classic Corvette, and it's been brought to the modern era while keeping its memorable lines.

Described as "the car Duntov would have built to win Le Mans", this 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe has a secret hidden under its bodywork. The engine isn't in the front but rather it's been relocated to the middle of the car. Actually, that's not accurate... the original engine could be on a shelf somewhere because it's been replaced with a twin-turbo LS V8. This eight-cylinder monster has been tested on the dyno and the numbers are staggering. Producing 1,000 horsepower and 915 pound-feet of torque, this '63 Vette runs from 0-60 miles per hour in under three seconds and probably goes through tires like fire through paper.

Also, be sure to get a load of those crazy doors, which open kind of like drawers with an ingenious scissor mechanism.

This will be one to watch as it rolls across the stage (you can do so online here) because the crowd is now "properly medicated" and winning bids are climbing. Plus, it's one of Speed's highlighted Fantasy Bid auctions, and you can join us in making an estimation on what this custom mid-engine 'Vette will finally sell for. We know it'll be triple digits...



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      • 3 Years Ago
      i can barely pay my rent and someone has the money to burn to build a travesty like that and someone else has the money to burn to buy it, lol.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Casey, the trick is to find work from the guys building and paying for those builds. I'm sure that if you sent your portfolio to 100 of the leading custom shops in the country that you'd probably pick up some work.
      • 3 Years Ago
      All in all I would rather have a Rolls Royce or a Bently any day over an American car made from plastic. I remember growing up in Germany and seeing GI's driving their Corvettes on the autobahn thinking how cool they were going 150 mph......until a beat up little Fiat would blow by them like they were standing still. It made me laugh then and still does now whenever I think about it!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Go back to Germany, 'cause you're NUTS.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Nuts?.......I guess you can't handle the truth huh? If you want a fast car try a Ferrari or Lotus.
        Freddy
        • 1 Year Ago
        It's fiberglass not plastic. When that Fiat is a rusting pile of crap in a field next to the Autobahn with squirrels living in the engine block this Corvette will still be blowing the doors off of the competition. Perhaps you would like to arrange a race between a Corvette and a Trabant. The Trabant will be belching clouds of blue oil smoke as it strains to maintain a maximum speed of 40 mph.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Triple digits, eh? I'd pay $999 for this car, sure.
      • 3 Years Ago
      ...oh, and the car, like most here, don't like it, either.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is Bruce Wayne bidding on this??

      On a serious note, more specs on that engine!
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM showed the world what a mid-engined Corvette should look like with a series of cars in the '70s, culminating with the drop-dead gorgeous 4-Rotor and the V8 version, the Aerovette. If this group had fabricated something like that, it would be another story.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Second. A boosted new-technology 4-rotor wankel would be incredible.
      • 3 Years Ago
      now thats what i call bad ass. even makes the term bad ass appear as if it was brought up for this ride
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great idea - poor execution. The profile looks great. Just looks like it was slapped together. I'd like to see Jay redo this idea. Profile: http://cache.jalopnik.com/assets/resources/2007/06/102_3013.jpg
      • 3 Years Ago
      freakin awesome!
      • 3 Years Ago
      How much did the "bidder's bar" influence this final price?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow that thing is ugly. The typical overpriced stuff at Barrett-Jackson.
        • 3 Years Ago
        In contrast to that lovely blond 20-something year ol d in the first few pictures. I want her over any car at BJ ;)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why did they not show the hood/motor cover up, so we could see the motor set up. After all that's what it is all about. We know what a Vet looks like. All the talk about a mid-engine Vet and they don't even show the engine. What a bummer. If they did show it, I missed it. They showed everything else, but the reason it was built.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They did - the whole back end of the car lifts up (hydraulically?) to reveal the engine, which is under the meshed split window. As soon as it was on stage, they hit the button to raise the engine cover.
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