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Jay Leno Drives The Rossi Sixty Six

Posted in Car Buying, Cars, Concept Cars, Corvette, GM, Pop Culture, Videos by Kurt Ernst | November 10th, 2010 | 4 Responses |

Let’s face it: old cars look cool, but they’re just not the equivalent of their modern counterparts. This explains the popularity of Pro Touring cars, which feature classic sheetmetal with mechanicals to create the best of both worlds. Some purists object to the whole Pro Touring concept, since Chevy, for example, isn’t building any more 1969 Camaros. On some level, cutting one up to add a modern interior, motor, transmission or suspension is a sin, and the automotive gods don’t take kindly to this.

What if you could buy a car that captured the best styling elements of a C2 Corvette, updated to use a modern C6 platform and mechanicals? Rossi wants to do just that, but don’t think of this as just a kit-car re-body. Instead, Rossi wants to bring back the lost art of custom coach building, using the C6 Corvette platform as a starting point. They’re not hawking fiberglass body kits to bolt on your current car; instead, their plan is to build turnkey SixtySixes from new Corvette platforms, and deliver them to customers with warranties intact. As you’d guess, this won’t come cheap, and Rossi’s David R. projects a starting price of around $120,000.

If you look at this as just a re-bodied C6, that’s a lot of money to spend. If you look at it as a custom, hand built automobile, the price becomes a whole lot more justifiable. If you were to do a soup-to-nuts Pro Touring build of a clapped out classic muscle car, chances are good the total would top out at about the same price, maybe even more if you opted for best-in-class components across the board.

One thing’s for sure: the styling is polarizing. I’ll go out on a limb and say that I like it, but I’m sure I’ll hear from a bunch of reader who hate it. What’s your take – thumbs up or thumbs down? Assuming you had the money, would you drop it on a coach built Corvette?

Source: Jay Leno’s Garage

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4 Responses

  1. I like it. And I suspect that it looks better in person. Funny about the rear-view cameras. Lack of rear visibility is why GM killed the split window to begin with.

  2. Gumby1008 says:

    I love the back, and dont like the front, the front needs to be lower to look right, but then the headlights wont be high enough to be road registered. That could just be my opinion

  3. gotta love the Jay Leno’s garage, saw the ZR1 episode also.

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