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November 18, 2019 03:03 PM

Gallery: The 1972 Reynolds Aluminum XP-895 previewed a metal-bodied mid-engine Corvette that never came to pass

Two XP-895s were built. One was clothed in steel; this one wore a body by the aluminum foil people

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The one-of-a-kind 1972 Reynolds Aluminum Corvette resides in the collection of the GM Heritage Center.

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The one-of-a-kind 1972 Reynolds Aluminum Corvette resides in the collection of the GM Heritage Center.

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GM Heritage Center

The one-of-a-kind 1972 Reynolds Aluminum Corvette resides in the collection of the GM Heritage Center.

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GM Heritage Center

The one-of-a-kind 1972 Reynolds Aluminum Corvette resides in the collection of the GM Heritage Center.

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GM Heritage Center

The one-of-a-kind 1972 Reynolds Aluminum Corvette resides in the collection of the GM Heritage Center.

Though it ultimately proved to be an evolutionary dead end, the aluminum-bodied XP-895 — also known as the Reynolds Aluminum Corvette — is a cool look at what might have been. It housed a rear-mid-mounted small-block Chevrolet V8 in a one-of-a-kind metal body; its aluminum construction made it substantially lighter than the other XP-895, which was made from steel. The car is currently stashed in the collection of the GM Heritage Center.

Source:https://autoweek.com/gallery/corvette/gallery-1972-reynolds-aluminum-xp-895-previewed-metal-bodied-mid-engine-corvette

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