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The Most Influential Pieces in Corvette History

We’ve all seen the rumors for the possible mid-engined C8, but we thought we would take a stroll down memory lane and find out what got Corvette to where they are today, and how the cars morphed from the first single-seat torpedo-like models, into the road beasts they are today.

Popular Mechanics just released an article that highlights the most historically significant pieces in the Corvette’s past, and we highly recommend you check out the pictorial history they provided with their article! A few of the pieces they highlighted were:

  • The CERV I: This model was a 353-hp aluminum block V-8 four-speed transaxle. Arkus-Duntov built this single-seat Chevrolet Experimental Research vehicle for the production of the C2’s independent rear suspension.
  • The Astro II: This racer was built as a concept car for New York’s auto show in 1968, and was designed with 390-hp big-block V8.
  • The 1970 XP-882 Corvette Prototype: This model was designed as a concept vehicle for the 1970 NY Auto Show, and had added parts from an Oldsmobile Toronado transaxle on the rear wheels.
  • The Two Rotor: This 1973 model was not much more than an upgraded Porsche 914 chassis, but it inspired the next several years of Corvette engineering, including the X-body Corvette Citation The 2002
  • Cadillac Cien: This one may be a confusing addition to the list, but the Cien was a legendary marker in the mid-engine car line, and a predecessor to the rumored C8.

What do you think are the most significant pieces in the history of the Corvette? Would you add any major ones to this list that you think contributed to the greatness of this classic? If you are a Vette owner, we’d love to hear the personal history of your car! Send us pictures of your restoration, your original parts, your completed projects, your auction steals, and more! For a free, instant quote on our affordable custom Corvette car insurance policies, give us a call today at 888-901-1338.

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