This year's Corvettes at Carlisle event in Pennsylvania will feature one of the rarest Corvettes in existence -- the Corvette Rondine concept. Originally built for the Paris auto show, the Rondine had been on display at the Pininfarina Museum in Italy until 2008, when it was sold at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction for roughly $1.7 million. The Rondine is special in that it is that it is the one and only steel-bodied Corvette ever created and it was a rare collaboration between Chevy and famed Italian design house Pininfarina. It's based on a '63 Corvette chassis and has a 327cid/360-hp V8 under the hood.
Unfortunately, the Rondine won't be making laps around the Carlisle autocross track to show off its power, but it will be showcased for all to see within Building T as part of the Chip's Choice display surrounded by other '63 Corvettes. With the exciting release of the seventh generation of Corvettes, this display highlights a select few of the 21,531 total cars produced 50 years ago.
Historically, Chip's Choice has been a display that has featured unique collections, cars, and themes. It first began as a special invitational display of Corvettes that Chip Miller personally selected, and since his passing in 2004 has been taken over by his son Lance Miller, who is Corvettes at Carlisle's event manager.
"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," Lance Miller said in a statement announcing the news. "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," continued Miller. "Along with this great machine, we'll have the '63 Asteroid on display too. This is another great car that nobody has seen in about 48 years. I encourage anyone who is a fan of Corvette history to make plans to come to Carlisle in 2013."
Gate admission for Corvettes at Carlisle is $15 per adult from early Thursday morning through Saturday of the event weekend, August 23-25, while Sunday is half-price admission. A full-weekend pass is just $35 and children 12 and under are admitted free to all events at Carlisle. Full details about the car and event are available at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855.