Everyone goes to their local auto show every year to see the latest in automotive design and engineering. It’s almost gearhead law to check out what their favorite make has produced for the new season, and to also get a sneak peek at what may lie ahead in the future.
One of our personal favorite types of display is the “sectioned” model based on actual engines and even sometimes complete cars that reveal the inner workings. These are known as “cutaway-displays” in the industry, and they date as far back as the ‘30s with Pontiac. Eventually, other makes decided to follow suit and this leads us to the cutaway ’88 Corvette you’re looking at here.
This car was originally a full-bodied example that was spotted at the Corvettes at Carlisle swap meet a couple of years ago by our good friends over at Corvette Central. Unfortunately, the car’s condition when it was found was so far gone that they decided to use it as a cutaway car, rather than restore it. But Corvette Central wasn’t alone in the development of this car, as Petris Enterprises also had a hand in the project.
It features the original 5.7 TPI motor, along with the 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission, and it actually runs and drives (although we’re pretty sure you wouldn’t want to) with a combination of stock and aftermarket performance components that are all available thorough CC. It was quite the hit at last year’s Corvettes at Carlisle event, and we imagine it will make an appearance at this year’s event as well. So if you’re anywhere near Carlisle, Pennsylvania on Aug. 26-28, swing by the Corvette Central tent to check this thing out, along with all of the other beautiful Corvettes on display!