Custom Corvette Leaves Us with More Questions than Answers

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Custom 1964 Corvette George Barris

Gorge Barris is known for his custom bodied cars, but this Corvette may be his wildest.

As opposed to the many beautiful examples of re-bodied Corvettes, we present this: a George Barris commissioned 1964 Corvette. Our research into this blue creation hasn’t been successful in finding what it originally looked like, so we get to stare at… well, this.

Barris is well-known for his wild and outrageous creations, albeit most of them are able to be driven. This one that we found on Mecum Auctions website looks like it is purely a showcase piece, with quite literally only a windshield for outward visibility. Perhaps this project was just incomplete and maybe some glass would be added later but as it sits, it comes off as purely for show.

It’ll also need to be completely 100% restored, for the brave soul that decides to be its new caretaker. There’s no engine or transmission to speak of, obviously the body work needs to be completed, and the inside of the car is best avoided by those who haven’t had a tetanus shot. However, it could make for a project where quite literally anything goes, and likely would have to, considering it would need to compliment the exterior. If anything, it’s a dream come true for a pinstripe specialist.

Custom 1964 Corvette George Barris

However, it is definitely a one-of-one car, and for uniqueness, you can’t do any better than that. The long flowing nose leads to a half bubble kind of canopy and through electronics (not the bundle of wires that are sticking out the side of the car) even that rear wing type thing raises and lowers with three inches of travel. Skirts cover the rear wheels, which flow into a body line for the rear bumper that’s essentially one giant exhaust tip. If you squint a bit and look at it as a convertible, the lines almost work, however, that canopy for the passenger compartment just doesn’t work at all with the rest of the car.

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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