The ‘Vette Set: Inside the National Corvette Museum

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
Rear-Engine Corvette
The current C8 is the first production Corvette that puts the engine behind the cabin, although the idea had been around for quite a while. In 1965 Chevrolet built this XP-819 as an engineering exercise to see if a rear-engine platform made sense for the Corvette. With 70 percent of the weight over the rear axle handling was not optimal and the car crashed during testing, eventually cancelling the project.

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