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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

The Corvette's missing link

Before having a legendary name among American muscle cars, Chevrolet had made many car models that would later carry the name of Corvette. Among the many models that have been made by the American car manufacturer, there are several models that are very well known to the public and of course some that have been forgotten
The looks of the Chevrolet XP-700 Corvette in the first year of its existence and used as Bill Mitchell's personal car. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3plx7ye)
And one of them might be the Chevrolet XP-700
Corvette concept car. It is estimated that the concept car mentioned above is appeared in between the 1959 Stingray Racer XP-87 and the 1961 Mako Shark XP-755
The Chevrolet XP-700 Corvette is featured with a special bubble top roof that was said to eliminate glare, a ventilating system built into the bubble, and a periscope-type rear view mirror to provide a completely unobstructed view of the road behind. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3plx7ye)
As qouted of the ChevyhardCore, the concept car's story dates back to 1958, when Bill Mitchell, then Vice President of General Motors Styling, worked with the Chevrolet design studio to create a concept car that would be called the XP-700.  

According to the American manufacturer's internal documents, the XP-700 Corvette is one of the newest experimental vehicles that Chevrolet uses to test new ideas, will be the show's best attraction. The car combines an extreme sports car image with unusual ideas about driver safety.
The Chevrolet XP-700 Corvette's rear-styling also states is credited with influencing the second-generation Corvette. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3plx7ye)
The concept car actually started life as the 1958 Corvette, which was heavily modified over its fiberglass body to give the appearance of a sports vehicle inspired by the Grand Prix racing car. Its appearance was then drastically changed with the low hood overhang of the fiberglass body, broad frontal air scoops, transparent passenger canopy, and snubbed rear quarters impart a flavor of the most advanced race cars of the day. 

Initially, the XP-700 was painted red, and was used by Bill Mitchell as his personal car for the first year of its existence. There are quite a few sophisticated and prominent features embedded in the concept car, including the special bubble top roof that was said to eliminate glare, a ventilating system built into the bubble, and a periscope-type rear view mirror to provide a completely unobstructed view of the road behind.
The Chevrolet XP-700 Corvette uses a small 283 cubic-inch block engine with 230 horsepower under the hood, and is paired with a four-speed manual transmission system. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3plx7ye)
The special bubble top roof, which is arguably the most attractive part of the concept car, was installed in October 1959 and is made of the laminated plastic canopy was coated with vaporized aluminum, so that the coating helps block out sunlight, which will certainly turn the car's interior into a kind of terrarium.

It turns out that the transparent canopy acted in many way, such as a one-way mirror. Besides that, the rear-styling also states is credited with influencing the second-generation Corvette. While sitting in the car, passengers were met with a metal strut in the center of the canopy that featured louvered vents. This ventilation system is a must, to keep the bubble-covered interior comfortable.

As the driving force, the XP-700 concept car which is started its life as the Corvette '58, apparently still keeps a small 283 cubic-inch block engine with 230 horsepower under the hood, and is paired with a four-speed manual transmission system.
The Chevrolet XP-700 Corvette concept car was revealed to the public for the first time at the 4th International Automobile Show in New York before it's gone. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3plx7ye)
Initially the concept car was red, and then it is repainted in 1959, making it appear in a very futuristic metallic silver color. Finally, in April 1960, the figure of 'Dream Car' was revealed to the public for the first time at the 4th International Automobile Show in New York. 
After that the concept car existence seemed to just disappear, as qouted of the American car manufacturer's internal source who said that the XP-700 concept car was changed to the XP-755 Corvette (Mako Shark) concept car around 1961 and 1962.😕

Well, just by looking at the similarity in shape, it could be that the XP-755 is a transformation from the XP-700 Corvette (the only difference is in the front fascia). What do you think? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CHEVYHARDCORE.COM ]
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