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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The 1960s wheeled tortoise that's we've forgot

Among Italian and American collaboration cars, which usually apply the beauty of Italian design to the muscular body of American cars to produce a new great and fast car. But not so with the following concept car named the Chevrolet Corvair Testudo
1963 Chevrolet Corvair Testudo is designed by Bertone's automotive designer named Giorgetto Giugiaro and launched at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2WGkKRt)
This 1963 concept car looks very futuristic as a result of the design of a young talented automotive designer named Giorgetto Giugiaro who was still working at Bertone, a renowned Italian coachbuilder at the time.
Left side view of the 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Testudo with its canopy door-type opened. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/39et28k)
The concept car is built on a modified Chevrolet Corvair Monza platform. As we have seen, the donor car used for this concept car has many interesting things to say, such as the only mass-designed passenger car manufactured by a well-known American manufacturer that has a rear-mounted air-cooled engine.
1963 Chevrolet Corvair Testudo has an interesting interior with a rectangular steering wheel, a pair of body-hugging seats, and the dials and buttons mounted on a one-piece, boomerang-shaped piece. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3eOx3Sa)
It was also the first GM-made car that had a unibody construction and the engine was originally tested in a Porsche 356. Then the astronauts of the Apollo mission were trained on Corvair-based moon rover in New Mexico and the car served as the basis for many other concepts, such as the 1961 Pininfarina Speciale and 1963 Monza GT, just to name a few.
1963 Chevrolet Corvair Testudo is powered by a 2,732 cc or 2.4 liters air-cooled engine which is only capable of producing power of 81 horsepower. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2E7eOe9)
At a glance, when viewed from the car concept that has quite an aerodynamic appearance, so it looks like this car can run up to speeds of 200 mph. But in reality, this concept car is powered by a 2,732 cc or 2.4 liters air-cooled engine which is only capable of producing power of 81 horsepower, so that the maximum speed that can be achieved is far below that number.
1963 Chevrolet Corvair Testudo has a quite aerodynamic body appearance(Picture from: https://bit.ly/2WGkKRt)
Uniquely this car does not apply the usual doors like most existing cars. To be able to enter the cabin from this 2-seater concept car, you should be opened the whole of the car canopy. Besides that, the car also has an interesting interior with a rectangular steering wheel, a pair of body-hugging seats, and the dials and buttons mounted on a one-piece, boomerang-shaped piece.
Maybe that's why this concept car was named 'Testudo' which also means 'tortoise'. The Chevrolet Testudo concept car was first introduced to the public at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show. Although the Testudo never made it to production despite some talks of a European-spec Corvair with a different design, its styling had an influence on the Lamborghini Miura and the Porsche 928.

And now the estimated price of this Testudo classic concept car is around $710,000 - $1.1 million, hmmm... In our opinion, that's worth it for such a one-off wheeled tortoise. What do You think? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1]
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