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Old 04-24-2010, 10:33 AM   #1
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Has anyone actually SEEN this car?

http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/car/1...ina-Coupe.html

Chevrolet Corvette Rondine Pininfarina Coupe








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At a time when many manufacturers switched to a unitary chassis construction, the fiberglass bodied Corvette was a popular subject for Europe's coachbuilders. Pininfarina was one of them and at the 1963 Paris Motorshow they launched the featured Rondine Coupe. Based off the recently introduced C2 chassis, the Rondine sports a very elegant shape of which various cues were later found on the Fiat 124 Spyder. Still owned by Pininfarina, the unique Corvette is seen here at the 2005 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este where the Italian coachbuilder's 75th anniversary was celebrated.
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After its conception the Rondine Concept remained in the Pininfarina collection for almost 45 years and was shown only on very few occasions. All that changed in the fall of 2007 when it was announced that the Rondine was going to be offered in January of 2008 at the annual Barrett- Jackson auction in Scottsdale. At previous editions concept cars based on American mechanicals had proven very popular. The Rondine continued that tradition by selling for $1.6 million without commission and taxes. Hopefully the first! owner will bring the beautiful Corvette out more often.
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Old 04-24-2010, 10:39 AM   #2
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I can't say I like it much. same with the Pininfarina Mustang
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I'm not a big fan of most of their work. And in this case, they took a beautiful car and made it ugly, IMO.
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Definitely looks like a shark in front.
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I like teh majority of thier work (think: Ferrari) , but this one is an exception, IMO.

Still a nice period piece, FWIW, but not where I would put my $1.6+M.

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yup, should stick to ferraris
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I can't say I like it much.


It's ugly... JMO
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I like it, but would not consider it a Corvette. If you think of it as a Corvette then yes it looks
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Pretty cool look at the trends from the period.
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yup, should stick to ferraris
Meh. I liked that better when it was the Buick Wildcat concept.
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Looks like a 1962 Studebaker Grand Turismo Hawk.
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Pretty cool look at the trends from the period.
I think it looks great.
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Pretty cool look at the trends from the period.

If James Bond drove a Corvette..........
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Considering pretty much every panel on that '63 (even the split rear) was re-done, I see no reason why it's still called a Corvette.
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I saw it a couple of years ago at the Fairfield, Ct Concours show. I was not impressed, it looked like a number of other cars of the era from Pininfarina. I would have taken a stock Vette of the year over it - it is not something special
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Saw that car up close at Corvette Repair a few years ago. Excellent workmanship & a lot of one off pieces. Can't say I'm a big fan though

Jim

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thankfully, no.
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Considering pretty much every panel on that '63 (even the split rear) was re-done, I see no reason why it's still called a Corvette.

Probably because it IS a Corvette...

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