The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky was a brilliant way to spend a Friday morning last week.
This museum is huge and stocked with some of the most unique Corvettes ever made.
But more likely — not ever made. America’s Sports Car has undergone seven drastic re-births in its 61-year lifespan.
In order to ensure the next-gen Corvette’s success through the years, hundreds (if not thousands) of one-off prototypes and concepts were crafted to evaluate big ideas before series production.
The museum charmingly covers the entire Corvette story since 1951 or so when Zora sent his famous letter to then-chief Bill Mitchell at GM. What Chevy needed to really entice speed-demons home from the war was a high-performance sports car.
Many upcoming articles wil chart the Corvette’s lifespan through hundreds of high-res photos taken at the Bowling Green National Corvette Museum.
One unexpected find amid all these priceless items?
An early, early “IVERS” body buck of the 2014 Stingray on loan from General Motors.
The IVERS is simply an integration and evaluation car for the engineers to see thousands of parts together, on one rolling chassis, at the same time.
This step is a critical part of the production process for any carmaker because it allows any late-stage issues to be caught before a vehicle really heads for the factory.
The timetable of this IVERS prototype C7’s build is not known, but I would estimate this IVERS buck is from about 2011 or early 2012.
Simply riveted, glued and taped together – the IVERS is a giant model. It is to 1:1 scale, but is clearly not a real “car,” per se. Just a rolling demo platform to perfect the 2014 Stingray.