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VIDEO # 03 - 2016
Aerovette -- A 1973 Mid-Engine
Corvette - Wankel Rotary Engine Show Car
One of the most beautiful concept cars created by GM was the XP-822 later called the Aerovette. It sprang from the minds of famed GM engineer and race car driver Zora Arkus Duntov and his engineers who originally built two predecessors during 1969. John DeLorean, Chevrolet's general manager, felt the program was impractical and too expensive and canceled the car.

But when he heard Ford's plans to sell the DeTomaso Pantera through Lincoln-Mercury dealers, DeLorean ordered one XP-882 cleaned up for display at the 1970 New York Auto Show. Its designer, Charles Jordan, would later become the VP of design went to work on a new version for the 1973 Paris motor show.

This time an XP-882 chassis was powered by an experimental four-rotor Wankel engine. The rotary engines looked promising but their poor fuel economy didn't bode well with an impending oil crisis on the horizon. The car would go through several more iterations before being put out to pasture.





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