3 It featured pressure actuated flaps on the fenders designed to open if pressure under the hood got too high.
9 This clean-contoured, experimental Corvette is a study vehicle, which will provide useful information in another area of automotive design invention.
10 The shape and the aluminum wheel covers suggested a land speed record Bonneville salt flat racer.
11 This show car took the new C3 design and made it aero-slick, with flat-disc wheel covers, rear skirts, and minimal ornamentation.
14 The paint was pearlescent white and the blue interior was dyed black.
15 Tall narrow Firestone tires added to the Salt flat racer look.
18 The back end was extended and tapered. Designers even added partial front and rear belly pans to smooth underside airflow.
19 The nose was extended considerably and the grille opening was kept to a minimum. The long hood has no bulge.
20 The 1968 Astrovette has smooth wheel disks on very narrow tires and rear fender skirts that are hinged at the top for tire access.
Mario on Feb 17, 2023 said:
The Chevrolet Astrovette introduced in 1968 featured an extended nose, roadster windshield, closed rear wheel openings and an extended, tapered tail. It was part of an aerodynamic study to enhance the aerodynamics of the Corvette.
With its 427ci 435hp L-68 Tri Power V8 engine, it features pressure actuated flaps on the fenders designed to open if pressure under the hood gets too high. GM unveiled the Astrovette show car in 1968 in conjunction with the release of the third generation C3 Corvette.
The 1968 Astrovette has smooth wheel disks on very narrow tires, and rear fender skirts that are hinged at the top for tire access. It is currently on display at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY.[Reply to this comment]
Mario on Mar 23, 2023 said:
Yes it does look like an outer space car George! I was amazed to see it when I came across it. It was very interesting doing research on it.
I liked watching the show Bewitched also and the Chevy car commercials were as good as the Bewitched show! They were pushing all the SS models back then and that's how I ended up buying a 69 Camaro SS350. I bought it new and kept it for 10 years. I wish I had it today. A fun and fast car to drive. Cheers, Mario[Reply to this comment]