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Take a Ride In This One Off 1961 Coachbuilt Corvette

by Sam Jemielity

Gordon Kelly, a Wisconsin industrial engineer, always wanted to build a car. He designed a concept based on a 1961 Chevrolet Corvette, showed it to great coachbuilders around Europe, and picked the Italian company Vignale to build his dream machine. It was a hit at the 1961 Paris auto show, and ended up in the hands of car collector John Breslow after Kelly’s death.

Breslow shows off his one-of-a-kind Corvette to Petrolicious in this entrancing video. “I do not buy a car if I can’t drive it,” says Breslow, who true to his word even drove his ‘Vette in the Copperstate 1000. “It’s like a Van Gogh that you can drive, so I’m really careful with this car. Breslow regrets never meeting Kelly, the mastermind behind this unique automobile.

“He was really the spirit of the car enthusiast,” Breslow says. “Here’s a guy who had a normal job. He went out and he raced cars, he designed cars, he loved cars. I think that’s why this car stands out, that someone can come up with such a beautiful design that fifty years later, people look at it and say, ‘Wow, what is that? That is really cool.'”

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