Surprisingly, the sight of this contraption doesn’t make us cringe

Remember how carmakers brag that their latest models pay tribute to their predecessors with reinterpreted vintage design cues? Well, sometimes you need a magnifying glass to see those but here’s a visual artist that really found a neat (and distinguishable) way to bake in C1 Corvette styling elements into the 2020 C8 Corvette.

That’s what paying proper respect to your ancestors looks like

Named after a small yet agile warship, the Corvette, aka America’s Sports Car, was introduced to the world initially in the shape of a concept, displayed by GM at the 1953 New York Auto Show. Arguably the most recognizable Vette of them all, the first-generation C1 Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan, on June 30, 1953.

By 1956, the Corvette got its first redesign which featured exposed headlamps, rolled up windows, sculpted side coves, and factory-fitted removable hardtops. In 1958, the C1 was fitted with dual headlights, while two years later, the Vette flaunted taillights integrated into round rear fenders and the famous teeth grille.

1953 - 1962 Chevrolet Corvette C1 High Resolution Exterior
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Why are we telling you all of this? Because Oscar V, also known as @wb.artist20 on Instagram, took the time to retrofit the C8 Corvette with vintage elements taken from the 1958 C1 Corvette.

In all fairness, the renders look puzzling at first but it doesn’t take long to get used to the side gills or the chrome front bumpers and wheels that now adorn the mid-engine Vette’s body. We’re not so sure about the teeth grille, though.

At the same time, this is obviously not something Chevrolet is planning to produce but if the right (wacky) builder gets to see this and decides to have a stab at turning the render into a real car, the result might actually prove enticing, don’t you think?

Chevrolet Corvette C8 specifications
Engine LT2, 6.2-liter, n/a V-8, mid-mounted
Power 490 hp, 495 hp w/ the Z51 pack
Torque 465 lb-ft, 470 lb-ft w/ the Z51 pack
Transmission 8-speed DCT
0-60 mph 2.9 s
Top speed 194 mph
Price tag $59,995

Source: wb.artist20 via Instagram

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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