1963 Chevrolet Corvette mid-engine custom
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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