You remember the Chevrolet Corvette C1 right? It originally made its bow in 1953, offering a classic combination of sleek, angular grace with just a hint of bonkers about the jawline.
Hard to believe, given the gobsmacking reaction the concept example swooped in, that poor sales almost led to the C1 being canned just a few years later.
But as lessons were learnt, body panels were remodeled, placebos replaced LSD pills and a Corvette for the masses began to emerge. By 1962, the front end was decidedly more passive, headlights sprung forth and the whole car became more characterful. More muscular.
Soon, despite the rock-hard rear-axle suspension that had somehow remained steadfastly intact, the onus was on more power. More drive. More performance. Just more.
As we can see from this custom blue example, currently on show at the IBN MANSI Showroom in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, ‘more’ just keeps going. The Corvette originally produced 250hp, or 300hp if you were particularly plush. Even though it’s brand new, the engine in/on top of this example will push 1000hp. And yes, you did read that correctly.
1950s America wasn’t ready for the original Corvette C1. One wonders how they’d fare if this particularly beast rolled past their driveway.