Ford is increasing the Mustang lineup this yr with a four-door electrical utility car referred to as the Mach-E that represents a surprising departure for the model because it appears to be like to achieve new clients. However might Chevrolet do one thing comparable with the Corvette?
General Motors CEO Mary Barra recently told Motor Trend she’s “not going to say never,” however indications are that such a move gained’t occur anytime quickly.
Nevertheless, it almost did 40 years in the past when Chevrolet commissioned a four-door model of the third-generation Corvette. Six of the vehicles had been constructed by California Customized Coach in Pasadena to check the market, every requiring two donor vehicles for a construct that preserved the inventory entrance and rear ends whereas making a four-seat passenger compartment beneath double-T-top roof.
According to Super Chevy, the plan was to promote a factory-backed mannequin referred to as the Corvette America at a fee of 40 annually, however a projected $35,000 price ticket at a time when the Corvette began at $13,000 doomed the automotive and only one prototype and 5 buyer vehicles had been constructed by California Customized Coach earlier than the venture was shelved.
One of many two which might be identified to nonetheless exist is at present up on the market at a automotive vendor in Milpitas, Calif., for $102,526. BarnFinds.com reports that it was beforehand listed on Craigslist final October for $119,650 and for $275,000 in 2017. The vendor, NBS Auto Showroom, claims the very red-on-red hatchback is a numbers-matching unique with 21,000 miles on its 350 cubic-inch V8.
If Chevrolet ever decides to construct a four-door Corvette once more, it’ll must discover a totally different solution to do it. The all-new 2020 mannequin incorporates a mid-engine design that will make a stretch like this a little bit of, properly, a stretch.