The fourth-generation Chevrolet Corvette is often the least-loved of the bunch. And it really wouldn’t find its stride until the early 1990s when the Corvette ZR-1 arrived on the scene.
Nevertheless, when it came time to replace the C3 Corvette, designers had quite a few directions to take. Jalopnik published photos of the various design studies found in Car Styling Magazine, and each look gives us an idea where the C4 Corvette was headed.
Though, one sticks out in particular. The silver design with an orange stripe running at the bottom was, in fact, a mid-engine car. According to the magazine passage, “Had the mid-engine proposal been adopted, this undoubtedly would have been the design chosen.” No reasoning why designers opted for a traditional front-engine layout was given.
Looking through the other designs, we see plenty of wedge shapes reminiscent of the 1980s design ethos. They don’t look half bad, either.