Back in 1960, a man by the name of Edward Cole, was set as the head of the design department for the 1963 Corvette. And when entrusted with the design direction, he was pleased with the uncompromising dedication to performance and world-class sporting intentions from the two seat coupe. Yet for its promise, sales were far behind the Ford Thunderbird, the cross-town rival at the time. Possibly for its extra set of seats.
Cole thought that perhaps the best way to stay relevant was to aim its sights square at the Thunderbird, and option the ‘Vette as a four-seat sports-car. The concept was called the XP-796.
With free reigns and corporate backing his team set off to work, lengthening the Sting Ray by about 10 inches, of course adding in a pair of extra seats, raising the roofline and stretching the split window descent angle significantly. And while Cole continue to insist on the vehicle, legendary Corvette engineering head Zora Arkus-Duntov and other executives were against the development. Eventually, all support dissolved, and the XP-796 was sent to the crusher, according the VetteWeb.com.
Fast-forward 51 years, and a four-seat Corvette remains a heated topic. And to get a fresh take, how do you feel today about a 2+2 version of the American icon?