Historic Corvette " mule "

black mambablack mamba Major grinsJacksonville, FLPosts: 6,576Registered Users Major grins
edited January 27, 2019 in Other Cool Shots

This is a 1964 Corvette developed as an engineering study by Chevy and designated as XP-819. It was intended to explore the creation of a rear/mid-engined version of the Corvette. Zora Duntov, considered the father of the Corvette, was never keen on this particular design....preferring a more purely mid-engine approach that promised superior handling. In 1969, this mule was turned over to Smokey Yunick and his garage in Daytona Beach, FL, to be destroyed. Smokey had done some of the development work on the car. Instead of destroying it, Smokey dismantled it and hid it away. Years later, it was discovered and restored to its original status.

I did a little business with Smokey and his crew in the mid 60's. He was a legend in his time, particularly when it came to creating performance engines. I had them build two engines for me....one was a Chevy big-block that got stuffed into a '57 Chevy I was running then and the other was an Oldsmobile engine that they modified for marine use in a ski boat that I had. I can tell you that both the car and the boat were frighteningly FAST.

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If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.

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  • JuanoJuano Major grins Brasilia, BrazilPosts: 3,669Registered Users Major grins

    Great back story Tom! Thanks

  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLPosts: 6,576Registered Users Major grins

    @Juano said:
    Great back story Tom! Thanks

    Sometimes the story behind the car is more interesting than the car itself. I try, however, to limit my posts to cars that cover both bases. Fortunately, these major shows bring out a lot cars that are seldom seen, are technically interesting, and come out of intriguing circumstances.

    I'm following closely your exploits with PS. Like you, I've put off tangling with that stuff in any meaningful way for a long time. I need to go beyond just scratching the surface and really get after it.

    See you

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 7,648Registered Users Major grins

    Looks like a very comfy lawn mower Tom! ;o)

  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLPosts: 6,576Registered Users Major grins

    @Stumblebum said:
    Looks like a very comfy lawn mower Tom! ;o)

    Hell, Taz, I'm to tell my yard guy that if he doesn't get one of these I'll be dumping his service.

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
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