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    It is a Porsche 914 with custom body work that would be refined for a front engine 1968 design change.

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    Handling issues that could not be resolved stalled that 1964 rear-engine XP-819 design.
    The conventional front engine re-design was at the same time showing progress as seen below>

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    It seems the 60's Corvette production cars starting in 1961 got the dual tail lights and only the show cars got triple tail lights in that period.
    Of course there is always an exception to every rule and one of several examples would be the Joe Pike ordered 1967 Corvette that Chevrolet built for Bob Wingate with 'showcar' triple tail lights >

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    Chevrolet also built a special 1968 Corvette with the 427 motor featuring aluminum cylinder heads known as the L89 option for Bob Wingate to >

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    I believe those are American Racing 'torque thrust d' wheels with 9.50x15 Goodyear blue streak tires. All dealer available options for Corvette customers. Even 'triple' tail light were possible as seen in this dealership 'lot' picture >
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    The Goodwood Green 1967 Corvette that Bob Wingate received was actually the replacement car for an earlier much wilder Corvette that General Motors took back. That story is detailed below>

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    The first "special" car was built around August 1966. It was a 1967 Corvette coupe with flared wheelwells, candy-apple-green paint, a light-blue Stinger stripe (a favorite styling cue of Wingate's), a tube grille, smoothed-in front turn signals, and a few other special features that weren't on the options list. Later, after the car had been delivered, some GM personnel saw it during a trip to California. One of them suggested it might not be a great idea to have Wingate running around in what was essentially a show car. They decided to build him a replacement that was a little closer to factory specs.

    The resulting "replacement" car is the Goodwood Green coupe. It was a L71 427/435HP motor with an M20 wide-ratio transmission and a 3.55 differential. The specs were selected by the engineers in St. Louis to optimize quarter-mile times.

    This car was also modified to have the six taillights, no front bumpers (they were stored in a box in the back of the car, and the front-bumper mounting holes had been filled), and the rear inner-fender lips had been radiused to clear bigger tires and wheels. The paint was Goodwood Green with a subtle green pinstripe running around the beltline and a white Stinger stripe running the length of the car. The car also had a Nardi wood steering wheel, 7-inch American Torq-Thrust racing wheels, 9.50x15 Goodyear Blue Streak tires, and longer rear-spring-support bolts to lower the stance. The Nardi wood steering wheel can be seen in the picture below>

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    The wood steering wheel option featured on the Bob Wingate 1967 Corvette continued a short two year tradition that Chevrolet started in 1965. Chevrolet offered a teak wood steering wheel as option number N32 for only 1965 and 1966 model year Corvettes.
    The very first Corvette to receive the new teak wheel was a special pilot build 1965 Corvette coupe that was serial number 1.
    This Corvette was hand built in early August 1964 and was painted 1964 Cadillac ZZ code Satin Silver as the new 1965 Corvette paint color called Silver Pearl was not yet available. The interior was trimmed to match with silver leather as can be seen in the images below. The motor was the L76 327 365HP solid lifter performance engine. The high rev motor used 4.11:1 positraction gears for maximum acceleration. Another first for this 1965 Corvette was the new disc brakes. A few 1965 Corvette customers deleted the disc brakes for drum brakes instead. After being used as a Chevrolet show car from August until December 1964 this Corvette was simply sold through the dealer network. This 1965 Corvette is the only serial number 1 mid-year (1963 - 1967) Corvette known to exist today.

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