The coachbuilt Kelley Corvette is an Italian stallion of Corvettes. It’s a 1961 Corvette hatch that never was. Granted, there have been other Corvette conversions, but they don’t come close to this work of art. Thankfully, Petrolicious examines the Kelley Corvette up close.
The builder, Gordon Kelley, was an engineer living in Wisconsin when he decided to travel to Europe in pursuit of his dream to design and build his own sports car. The car started out as a 1961 Chevrolet Corvette, and underwent a transformation in Italy. Its body was crafted by Vignale, and it appears to borrow styling cues from the 1951 Ferrari 212 Vignale coupe. After being built, the car made its way to the Paris Motor Show where it received great reviews.
What’s even cooler is that despite it’s rarity and history the current owner, John Breslow, doesn’t treat it like a trophy car. In fact, he used it to participate in the Cooperstate 1000 Rally. Breslow isn’t the type of guy to buy a car and let it sit in the garage, and we can genuinely admire that.
Click play to hear more about the Kelley Corvette and to get a closer look at a great looking car.