Twin-Engined Corvette: This C3 Doubles Displacement, Confusion

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C3 Corvette Twin Engine

What’s 350 times two divided by C3? The answer is…well, we’re not really sure yet, but here’s what it looks like.

For the most part, people have done everything to Corvettes. Lifted ‘Vette? Check. Rallying ‘Vette? Check. Pro Mod? Check. But we can’t remember ever seeing anything quite like this twin-engined 1976 Corvette for sale in Enid, Oklahoma. At some point, the owner stretched the bodywork to accommodate a pair of 350-cubic-inch Small Block Chevys.

We find just enough vagueness here for equal parts curiosity and horror. For example, the seller lists a 700R4 transmission built to take 600 horsepower with a 3,500-rpm stall converter. Sweet. But, uh, how does the front engine connect to the transmission?

1976 twin-engine C3 Corvette

From the front-engine-on-a-cherry-picker photo, we can kind of see that maybe there’s some attempt at linking the flywheel, but maybe not. It’s just so…strange. Looks like a lot of hopes and dreams get lost somewhere between the front engine and the cogs.

That said, we see some good stuff here. It’s on an S10 frame, which is probably robust enough. The builder has also made a concerted effort to stretch the bodywork. We’d be lying if we said it looked good, but really, who cares?

Really, who cares if it looks ugly? It’s a ‘76 Corvette body cut, extended, and dropped on a truck frame. And it has, at least theoretically, “16 zoomies” sticking up from the Batmobile-length engine bay. If you’re rocking that kind of “GFY” attitude as the driver, would you care what people thought of you?

It’s not only a middle finger to the show-and-shine Split Window crowd; this twin-Vette also throws a double-gun salute to sensibility.

Clearly, it needs some work and the engineering isn’t on par with, say, the crazy four-rotor Wankel-engined monstrosity that sold a few years ago on eBay. But think of the possibilities if you could somehow make it work.

Eric Rood is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and LS1Tech, among other auto sites.

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