Barrett-Jackson Auctions Mid-Engine ’63 Split-Window Super ‘Vette

What happens when a car builder is A) Desperate to show off his talents on a national scale, B) Has a crazy idea that sounds really good on paper, C) Has enough spare resources to put that plan into action? He creates a mid-engined super ‘Vette that even Zora Arkus-Dontov never would have imagined. The first year of the independent rear suspension Corvette was also the first success on the international racing circuit.

Despite its nose-heavy front-mounted engine platform, the ’63 coupe was more than capable to stave off approaching mid-engine contenders. Of course, this creation is seemingly nothing close to what Corvette entered into LeMans, rather, this reshaped, resculpted C2 ‘Vette is running a cornea-shattering twin-turbo LS V8 plant sitting right behind the seats.

Dyno tested just to prove its madness, the twin-blown plant produces 1,000 horsepower and 915 lbs.-ft. of torque. Oh but there’s more, this ‘Vette rockets from 0-to-60mph in just under three seconds. But adding to bizarreness of this ‘Vette is the unusual pneumatically-operated scissor mechanism that opens the doors outward. Why? Because we can.

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