The iconic Chevrolet Corvette turns 70 this year. Over the years, Chevrolet produced eight distinct generations of the Vette, and all eight left big marks on the auto industry. Also, since the Corvette featured engines and components from Chevrolet’s general lineup, it was also often used as the basis for numerous conversions and aftermarket versions. The list of companies that produced special body parts for Corvette is endless. Yet in some cases, those companies went a step further and produced their own creations based on the Corvette platform.
From the early 1960s until today, the Corvette was used as a platform for creations that went beyond only cosmetic change. Innovative car builders made the Corvette faster, cooler, more interesting, or just different, and today, we pay our respects to those industry mavericks. We found the most prominent sports cars that used the Corvette chassis and engines as a basis, so check out these cars right here.
In the early 2000s, the famous Italian design house Italdesign presented the Moray. It was a fully-functional Corvette with a unique design and a strange canopy-style opening roof. Inspired by the Mako Shark concepts of the ’60s, Italian designers wanted to make a new Corvette resembling a sea predator (via Italdesign).
Even though there were rumors of the limited production run, only two cars left the factory. The Moray was the C5 model with a 400 hp V8 engine and automatic transmission. Some say that Chevrolet stopped the development of the Moray not to interfere with the presentation of the all-new C6 Corvette a year later.