Unique Pininfarina-Bodied Chevrolet Corvette Goes Under the Hammer
While the Allante was a production car, Pininfarina also designed unique automobiles based on US platforms, and one of them is the Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Speciale “Rondine”. Built in 1963 and unveiled at the Paris Auto Show, the Pininfarina Corvette is underpinned by the Corvette C2 and powered by a 5.4-liter V8 engine good for 360 HP.
Displayed at the Pininfarina Museum in Italy for 45 years, the “Rondine” was auctioned for the first time in 2008, when it fetched $1.76 million at a Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale. After five years, the current owner decided to part with this unique piece of history, thus the vehicle will go under the hammer at the Corvettes at Carlisle auction in Pennsylvania, which is scheduled from August 23 through 25.
"I'm so very excited about having the only steel bodied Corvette ever produced to be showcased as part of Chip's Choice at this year's Corvettes at Carlisle weekend," said event manager Lance Miller. "GM commissioned this car through Italian based Pininfarina and it's a must see! We've got the absolute 'best- of-the-best '63s' for our attendees to enjoy seeing up close. Heck, I'm eager to see these amazing vehicles too," he added.
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