When it comes to experiments, Corvette is in the first line. Someone came with the idea of a Corvette powered by an engine mounted behind the driver to trace back to a single car, the 1964 XP-819 prototype. Back then, the model was developed as an engineer exercise and it was designed with an engine mounted at the rear.
This new idea created a new chapter to its controversial history and will attend to the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance as a drivable chassis. The largest aftermarket parts and accessory company in the world for Corvette is very proud to present the 1964 Corvette XP-819 on the 8th of March at Amelia Island. Mike Yager, the founder and Chief Cheerleader of Mid America Motorworks managed to put his hands on a XP-819 back in 2002 during an auction in Monterey, California and submitted it to a restoration. During this process, he realized that this would be the most challenging project he ever worked on when each mission part had to be handmade. The new model will come with fully functional brakes, steering column and two seats. The restoration engineer hopes he has done a great job and also hopes the car will be ready for an official debut next year also at the Geneva Motor Show.
The engineers exercise we mentioned above was created under the auspice of a safety Proposal, program headed by Frank Winchell. Zora Duntov was uninspired and wanted a mid-engine design capable of providing more stability. The XP-819 was cut apart and stripped of usable parts and then stored in a shop out of Daytona Beach. Here it was discovered by Steve Tate, who was a Chevrolet dealer. Last year, the event managed to raise more than $2 million for the foundation and since 1996, when it started a lot of people received help.
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