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Sunday, February 21, 2016

The one-of-a-kind Corvette with the Italian coachbuilder touches

Chevrolet Corvette, except for the new generation, has always been considered as 'cheap' sportscar because it was lacking the European perfection touch. But this Corvette is a work of art that will keep you enthralled.

According to John Breslow, the owner of the car is now, in the early 1960s a Wisconsin-based designer named Gordon Kelly brought it to the Italian coachbuilder, Carrozzeria Vignale for making a custom car.
This 1961 Kelly Corvette is a One of a Kind Masterpiece. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1Wy0yp)
Vignale crafted the gorgeous body, an early '60s Corvette chassis formed the backbone, and this stunning shape is the end result. The car made its official debut at the 1961 Paris Salon de l'Automobile, and immediately made its rounds through various media outlets and newspapers.
Rear view of 1961 Kelly Corvette. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1Wy2tP)
The car, which was popularly called the 1961 Kelly Corvette, dropped the scalloped and busy lines of the C1 Corvette, and evolved into a simplistic curved shape, with a large rear window, sloping rear end, and a wide, catfish-like front grille.
Eventually, after Kelly’s death, the car fell into the hands of collector John Breslow. Breslow owns and maintains an extremely cultured and eclectic collection, where the Kelly Corvette fits right in. "It's one-of-a-kind, it can't be replaced, so I'm really careful with it," Breslow said. "It's like a van Gogh you can drive!" *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | JALOPNIK | BOLDRIDE]
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