1963 Chevrolet Corvette Rondine 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Rondine at Pebble Beach Auction by Gooding & Company, 16 August...
- 20/02/2016 #1Brian McKenzieThe Corvette we never got.Reply
1963 Rondine was penned by Tom Tjaarda with sleek and distinct European lines. Created while working in Italy for Pininfarina; Tjaarda also designed the Ferrari 330 GT 2+2, Fiat 124, and DeTomaso Pantera. It is truly unique as it there is only one in existence, and this is the only Corvette to ever be formed from steel, rather than fiberglass.
The design features that I savor are the recessed headlights, I have never been a fan of pop-ups; and although the 1963 Stingray is a svelte style - I still prefer the front of the Rondine. Across the rear of the car, the belt line and the tail end, can see foreshadowing of what was to come for the Fiat 124. Running a 327ci, 4-speed manual, Fuel Injected V8 that pumps out 360 horsepower, the prototype was under-powered compared to the lighter Stingray that eventually debuted for 63. The sexy coupe suffered in both heavier weight, and lower displacement - it was a car that was not meant to be for the coming American Horsepower Wars.
Rondine is the Italian word for Swallow - and it is one of the first cars with an eye to aerodynamic style for the mainstream motoring public in a sporting car. It is a shame it never went to production