Monday, January 24, 2011

Chevrolet Corvette Astro II

Chevrolet Corvette Astro II model made by Mebetoys with Ref.: SB102-1; but with new wheels added, close fit of the opening parts, deburred of casting imperfections and repainted.

Presented at the 1968 New York Auto Show it was a less extreme styling than Astro I.
Model XP882 designed by Larry Shinoda. Astro II was designed primarily to showcase its rear-mounted powertrain application. Unlike the Astro I, Astro II had doors to access the passenger compartment. The rear compartment hatch still lifted up - this time, to provide access to the engine compartment. The front compartment was designed as a storage area. Lead engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov and GM styling chief Bill Mitchell were hoping Astro II would be the concept for the next generation Corvette, but the GM management figured the public was not ready for a mid-engine car.
V8cyl 6998cc 390hp 1497kg.

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