6. Scaglietti Corvette
If you think that the name, “Scaglietti,” sounds familiar, it’s because this Italian coachbuilder was responsible for some of the finest Ferraris in the `50s and `60s. They were an integral part of the Ferrari legend, so they named their four-seater coupe the 612 Scaglietti. However, it is less known that Scaglietti produced three Corvettes in 1959 for Gary Laughlin, a Texas millionaire and car enthusiast.
The story behind the Scaglietti Corvette is an interesting one. Jim Hall and Carroll Shelby, both notable racing drivers and constructors from Texas saw the potential in the 1959 Corvette with its engine and power. Although the Corvette had a light fiberglass body, they wanted better aerodynamics, a longer nose and more luxurious appointments.
So, they contacted Scaglietti to design and produce a bespoke body on the ‘59 Vette chassis. Scaglietti delivered three cars in different colors with an exquisite design that looked more like a Ferrari than a Corvette. There were plans for regular production, but after careful consideration and cost projection, they abandoned their plans.