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Monday, August 3, 2020

One of rare variant of mid-engined Chevrolet Corvettes

Most of the world's automotive enthusiasts already know the legendary Corvette car brand. Various Corvette models that are then produced are always becoming iconic vehicles. This, of course, is inseparable from the R&D efforts of the giant American automotive manufacturer, Chevrolet, which in fact had previously made a lot of concept vehicles to study how the production vehicles would later be made.
1964 Chevrolet Corvette GS IIB Concept while on display at the 2020 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance was designed by Larry Shinoda and lives on thanks to the touch of the hands of Frank Winchell. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2P6FjSU)
Among the many concept vehicles ever made by the American car manufacturer, it turns out there is one concept car that is very rare, the Chevrolet Corvette GS IIB Concept which was built in 1964. This is the only car in the world that can usually only can be seen at the Petroleum Museum in Midland, Texas.
1964 Chevrolet Corvette GS IIB Concept uses a 27 cubic inch all-aluminum V8 engine is capable of producing more than 400 hp to drive the rear wheels through a one-speed automatic transmission system. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3hJVzpb)
As quoted of Carscoops, unlike some other mid-engined Corvette prototypes, the GS IIB model was not made by Zora Arkus-Duntov. Instead, this sleek car model was designed by Larry Shinoda and lives on thanks to the touch of the hands of Frank Winchell.
1964 Chevrolet Corvette GS IIB Concept has a racing steering wheel, simple dashboard with instrument panel(Picture from: https://bit.ly/39Ch60h)
Thanks to the use of thin aluminum material for the body, thus making this car weighs only 1,450 lbs (657 kg). The concept car has a design inspired by the Chevrolet Corvair Monza GT and uses a 327 cubic inch all-aluminum V8 engine that is placed behind the passenger and driver's seat. The engine is capable of producing more than 400 hp to drive the rear wheels through a one-speed automatic transmission system.
1964 Chevrolet Corvette GS IIB Concept while on display at the Petroleum Museum in Midland, Texas(Picture from: https://bit.ly/30PGgo4)
Just like some of the other mid-engined Corvette prototypes previously built by the American manufacturer for decades that did not reach the production line, the Corvette GS IIB was also unable to convince General Motors (GM) executives that it was a good idea to make a mid-ship sports car.
1964 Chevrolet Corvette GS IIB Concept uses of thin aluminum material for the body, thus making this car weighs only 1,450 lbs (657 kg). (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3hJVzpb)
However, its fate is still slightly better compared to many other car prototypes that failed to reach the production line which is usually being destroyed after its showtime were over. Yes, the Corvette GS IIB is now part of the collection of Jim Hall, an American racer and engineer.

Recently, at the beginning of March 2020, the Corvette GS IIB which was included in the very rare mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette prototype attended at the 2020 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance to be on display with other iconic models. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CONCEPTCARZ.COM | PETROLEUM MUSEUM | HEMMINGS.COM | CAR GUY CHRONICLES]
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