Occasionally, something special is produced. Sometimes it’s not even a true road-worthy production vehicle, either. What we’re talking about is the 1965 C2 Corvette cut-away, an engineering and design exercise completed during the C2’s original production run.
The C2 Corvette cut-away was pulled from Nassau Blue Sting Ray straight from the assembly line, where it was then sent to a specialty display company for disassembly. The car was then reassembled on a platform to showcase the car’s running gear. The project in its entirety cost $1 million to complete in 1965. Adjusting for inflation, that’s nearly $7,500,000 in 2015.
The frame was then painted a bright yellow, while the engine, transmission and other mechanical components were finished in a bright red hue. The mechanical arms of the platform were able to raise and lower the body to expose the mechanical pieces, and onlookers could also see the four-wheel independent suspension working as the wheels turned. The piece truly showcased the modern engineering the C2 Corvette possessed for its time.
After a long stint through auto dealerships and auto shows, the project ended up at a South African auto mechanic school in the 1990s. But the cut-away did find its way home, where it was completely restored by collector Al Wiseman.
CorvetteBlogger was on hand in 2007 when the car was originally sold off by Wiseman at RM Auctions, where it garnered $704,000 at the hammer’s almighty bang, but now it’s up for auction yet again.
The site reports RM Sotheby’s will once again handle the sale of the car, and current estimates project the cut-away to fetch $1.4 million with no reserve attached. If you like some action on the auction block, this may be something to see. You can see more of the 1965 C2 Corvette cut-away at the RM Auctions lot listing.