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On this episode of CORVETTE TODAY, you get to meet the Corvette Plant Manager for the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, Kai Spande!
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Front Wheel Drive C3 Donated to NCM

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  • Front Wheel Drive C3 Donated to NCM

    This is a fun story brought to us by CorvetteBlogger (thank you) and in turn by Derek Moore, NCM’s Curator in another one of his terrific “Moore Monday’s” videos (which is below). I enthusiastically subscribe to Derek’s channel. And what a wonderful person he is to talk with in person when you visit NCM!

    Originally posted by CorvetteBlogger
    Front Wheel Drive 1979 Corvette Donated to the National Corvette Museum By Mitch Talley

    Jan 8, 2019
    Front Wheel Drive 1979 Corvette Donated to the National Corvette Museum

    You may be looking at the world’s only front-wheel drive Corvette.

    Back in the mid-1980s, an engineer named John Jacobi loved Corvettes so much that he wanted to be able to drive the car in the cold weather he had to endure up north.

    Naturally, he decided front-wheel drive was the way to go, so he set about finding a 1979 Cadillac El Dorado chassis and modifying it so that a standard 1979 Corvette body could be set atop it.

    The best of both worlds, some might say.

    Jacobi and his friends did such a good job with their project that the only way most folks know it isn’t your ordinary every day 1979 Corvette is by the Plexiglas cover on the hood. (That and the smoking front wheels if they decide to do a burnout!) They had to make a hole in the hood because the engine wouldn’t fit underneath since it had to be moved 18 inches forward to accommodate the front-wheel-drive system.
    Front Wheel Drive 1979 Corvette Donated to the National Corvette Museum

    Jacobi bought the Corvette body from a junkyard, a purchase that eventually ended up turning into quite an adventure for his daughter. John and his wife were at the theater one night when several police cars came to their house to repossess the Corvette because they said it had been reported stolen before he ever bought it.

    That made for a very harrowing experience for his daughter, Tara, who happened to be home when the raid occurred and since this was before the days of the cell phone, she had trouble getting in touch with her dad to let him know what was going on.

    Ultimately, the story had a happy ending as John and his El Vette, as he called it, were reunited, though he had to buy it again at auction!
    Front Wheel Drive 1979 Corvette Donated to the National Corvette Museum Front Wheel Drive 1979 Corvette Donated to the National Corvette Museum Front Wheel Drive 1979 Corvette Donated to the National Corvette Museum
    Photo Credits: Jeremy Welborn

    Sadly, this past April, John passed away suddenly, and his daughter – after taking one more spin in the car – decided to honor her father’s wishes and donate his unique creationto the National Corvette Museum.

    Check out “Moore” of the story in “Moore Mondays” as NCM curator Derek Moore talks about the unusual Corvette’s history and points out how the museum wants to recognize those enthusiasts who want to personalize their Corvettes.

    It goes without saying that John Jacobi’s creation is definitely personalized!

    Source:
    National Corvette Museum


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    Last edited by John; 01-08-2019, 09:07 PM.
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  • #2
    That was a fun story and video. i am going to watch some more of Derek’s videos.

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    • #3
      Awesome John, thanks for posting. Great Video's
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      • #4
        Weird and fun story to drive a corvette in the winter...

        not to be a smart @ss but snow tires do the trick ..

        still a cool adventure and a cool tribute to a father by his daughter..to donate the vehicle.

        edit...(fwiw that coukd read c3 fwd in the title)
        Last edited by JB; 01-09-2019, 05:22 AM.

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        • #5
          Curious..seems as though its a cadillac el dorado powertrain placed inside a c3 chassis...not a el dorado chassis fit under a c3 body shell.

          probably a front clip of an eldorado at best narrowed and installed if not just the powertrain..

          That must have been an insane project.

          im still going to have to say.,see...gm needs to build a corvette crosstrek to partner along side the rear mid engine corvette....a hot rod full electric performance cuv about the size of a porsche macan would do the trick...awd only...

          give less powerful versions with different body styles to buick, gmc and cadillac and even an economy version to chevrolet...


          there is demand...as shown by this engineer who built his own winter snow capable corvette...

          I d imagine he must have had a traditional rwd drive corvette as well..for the spring, summer and fall..

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          • #6
            Good story, but I do wonder if that was a very early production C4...
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            • #7
              Sure looks like a C3 body to me.... from someone with a pretty early production C4.

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              • #8
                Thanks Derek. A very interesting C3.

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                • #9
                  My bad, a seriously bad typo on my part.
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