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1964 Corvette XP-819: Jay Leno’s Garage

Posted in Best of, Chevrolet, Corvette, Funny Videos, General, Import Review, Maserati, Morgan, Pagani, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | June 21st, 2013 | 3 Responses |

Corvette XP-19

Since the Corvette’s inception in 1953, there have been rumors swirling around the brand that one day, a rear or mid-engine car may actually pop up. Understand now that the United States has only made two rear/mid engine cars; the Pontiac Fiero and the Chevrolet Corvair. However in 1964 the Corvette XP-819 prototype was developed and man-O-man would this have been an interesting car. The engine was mounted behind the rear wheels like a Porsche 911, it had urethane safety bumpers, a rack & pinon steering rack and a one piece clam shell hood. All amazingly innovative stuff for 1964. Owner Mike Yager showed off his one-off rear-engined prototype at this years Amelia Island show and to say the car was amazing would be an understatement.

Source: JayLenosGarage.com

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3 Responses

  1. wewillywinky says:

    wonder if this will catch on fire like the corvairs and the fieros did lol..GM has some bad luck with rear engine cars

  2. Fred says:

    The Ford GT is a mid engine American car.

  3. Set says:

    When you say the U.S. only has made two rear engine cars, you mean the big three domestics, right? Because I can name off half a dozen supers the U.S. has made mid-engined.