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The Only Steel Bodied Corvette – The 1963 Corvette Rondine

The Corvette Rondine is a prototype commissioned by the Italian coach builder Pininfarina and was displayed at the 1963 Paris Auto Show. Pininfarina is best known as the designer of most Ferrari models over the past few decades.

1963 Corvette Rondine

1963 Corvette Rondine at Amelia Island – March 2013

This unique concept car was in the Pininfarina museum until 2008 when it was auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson Auction for $1.76 million.

The Rondine is a interesting example of European style with American muscle. Even though it was styled by American Tom Tjaarda working for Pininfarina it is still European styled, right?

1963 Corvette Rondine

1963 Corvette Rondine at Amelia Island – March 2013

Rondine is Italian for swallow – the bird.

A tip of the hat to my friend Bruce Caron for bring up this subject forcing me to go through my files to find these photos from Amelia Island in March 2013.

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