Automakers aren't the only ones who produce concept cars. So do design studios, contract manufacturers, racing teams and even component suppliers. Case in point: Alessi Fiberglass. Back in 1979, the company displayed a supercar concept called the AR-1 at the New York Auto Show. The idea, it would seem, was to show off what they could do with fiberglass. Nobody ever expected they'd build it. And they didn't. At least, not until now.

33 years later, Alessi has resurrected the AR-1, modernized it, and brought it to market. In place of the original show car's Buick V6 is a mid-mounted, supercharged a 6.2-liter Corvette V8 making up to 600 horsepower. Not enough? Alessi also offers a twin-turbo version with 750 horsepower on tap.

The AR-1's steel frame is covered with, of course, fiberglass bodywork. Pricing has not been revealed, and Alessi says it will build no more than 50 examples. In addition to the attached photo gallery, you can take a closer look in the video clip posted after the jump.



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      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      they should have waited another 34 years
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey, in their defense it only looks 30 years old.
      curbsenthusiasm
      • 2 Years Ago
      C5 Corvette dashboard. This will be one expensive kit car!
      TIMMAH!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, now there's a backend that only Dan Bricklin could love...
      chirowolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      just looks like a poorly made Kit car. Nissan nismo wheels? that back end looks like the designer just called it a day, made it flat and said done.
      Number23
      • 2 Years Ago
      They forgot to style back end.
      ugly rims
      • 2 Years Ago
      "We took our design queues from a Dollar Store 1/64 car."
      Kyle Dickson
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Shot using Instragram for iPhone!"
      350Zed
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nothing says "modern quality" like Pep Boys fog lights.
      AldenBiesen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Forgot to update the rear, fellas.
      opuscat999
      • 2 Years Ago
      Alessi says it will build no more than 50 examples....... HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA thats 49 too many.
      Gregg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honestly, best of luck to these guys... but I can't help but think of Inspector Clouseau's Silver Hornet, especially in the hindquarters and probable build quality. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZ1hOdtbO6U
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