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1951 How it all began
1952 Corvette EX-122
1954 Corvette Corvair Motorama showcar
1954 Corvette Hardtop Motorama Showcar
1954 Corvette Nomad Motorama Showcar
1955 Corvette Biscayne Show Car
1956 Harlow Curtis SR-2 Lookalike
1956 Corvette Impala Show Car
1956 Corvette SR-2 Sebring Racer
1952 EX-122 Concept Car
1957 Q Corvette
1957 Corvette SS Show Car
1957 Corvette SS XP-64
1958 XP-700
1959 Stingray Racer XP-87
1959 Corvette Stingray
1961 Corvette Mako Shark XP-755
1962 C2 Prototype XP-720
1962 Four Seat Stingray Corvette XP-720 2+2
1963 Corvette Rondine Pininfarina Coupe
1963 Corvette Grand Sport
1963 Wedge Corvette Split Windshield
1964 World’s Fair Styling Study
1964 Clay model for '66 update
1964 Grand Sport GS-II(b)
1964 CERV II
1964 Pontiac Banshee XP-833
1964 Corvette XP-819 Rear Engine
1965 Corvette Mako Shark XP-830
1966 Mid Engine Styling Proposal
1967 Astro I
1968 Corvette Astro-Vette
1968 Astro II-XP-880 mid engine
1969 Astro III
1969 Manta Ray
1969 Mid Engine XP-882
1970 Scirocco Showcar
1970 Corvette XP-882
1973 Corvette 2 rotor XP-897-GT
1973 Reynolds XP-895
1973 Corvette 4 rotor XP-882
1973 Corvette XP-898
1974 Mulsanne Showcar
1976 Corvette XP-882
1979 Turbo Corvette
1978 Corvette Astro-Vette
1980 Turbo Corvette
1982 4th Generation Concepts
1984 Bertone Ramarro
1985 Corvette Indy
1986 GTP Corvette
1987 Corvette Geneve
1989 Corvette DR-1
1989 Corvette ZR-2
1990 Corvette Conan ZR-12 V12
1990 Bertone Nivola
1991 ZR-1 Snake Skinner
1992 Stingray III
2001 Corvette Tiger Shark
2003 Corvette Italdesign Moray
2009 Sideswipe

1986 GTP Corvette

A Corvette in name only, the Corvette GTP (Grand Touring Prototype) was one of the fastest and most exotic race cars ever to wear a red Bowtie. Based on an English Lola T600 chassis and powered by an all-American turbocharged Chevy V6, the mid-engined racer was a rocketship. At full boost, the Corvette GTP's 3.4-liter (209ci) V6 pumped out more than 1,000 horsepower. This amazing machine claimed seven poles in the IMSA Camel GT series in 1986 and won two races. In 1987, the Corvette GTP captured four more poles.

This car was a GM sponsored attempt to put the Corvette and Chevrolet names out on the road racing circuits and to offer some competition to the dominant Porches, March and Lola cars which were leading the field IMSA GTP racing in the early eighties. The last two had both used production based Chevrolet V8’s with success but it was their 90 degree V6, suitably turbocharged, that the Division wanted to promote with this new racing car. Because this motor was no more than a shortened small block, there was no shortage of high performance equipment or experience and as initially installed it made 775 bhp 20psi of turbo boost. Later at the hand of Ryan Falconer peak output was pushed to over 1100 bhp. Chevrolet thinking then was that big engines were finished and that the V6 would take over from the Small Block which would be out of production by 1990. How wonderfully wrong they were!

Lola Cars Ltd of Huntingdon, England were appointed to develop a new car from their T-600, which was V-8 powered, and called the new model the T-710. Chevrolet Engineering and Styling were involved and the first car, chassis number T-710/01, was tested at Goodwood Circuit, England in March 1984. It arived in the United States in May, made to look as much as possible like a production 84 model, even to the extent of presenting it with the racing number 84. This model was originally a wind tunnel test unit, made of fiberglass and finished in black. It came with a selection of ground effect undertrays and plain black doughnuts for wheels. It had been in the UK for some time when bought by Tom Falconer in 1996. It represents the original and most beautiful long tail version of the Corvette GTP as it arrived in Detroit in May 1984. In August 1997 ace automotive model maker Caroline Egginton of Maidstone, Kent UK rebuilt and repainted it as a fully detailed display unit, with handmade wheels and tyres and correct graphics.


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