Less common than they once were, concept cars have traditionally been developed by automakers to judge public reaction to possible new models or new technologies. Here, Mac’s Motor City Garage looks at six concepts penned or built by Chevrolet that never made it into dealer showrooms. For the record, we think the 1999 Nomad concept would have been a hit, and it likely would have beaten the Dodge Magnum to market by a few years.
* The last time a vehicle was inducted into the Japan Automotive Hall of Fame was 2014, when the 1968 Isuzu 117 Coupe received the honor. As Japanese Nostalgic Car tells us, the organization made up for lost time in 2017, inducting four cars at once, including the 1932 Daihatsu Tsubasa trike, the 1960 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser, the 1964 Prince Skyline GT, and the 1966 Subaru 1000.
* “Four Links” is generally about finding interesting bits on other websites, but Corvette Blogger was the first to let us know that the only 1971 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 convertible built is currently for sale in the Hemmings classifieds. Primarily designed for road racers, the ZR1 package included the 330-horsepower LT-1 V-8, an M22 four-speed transmission, an aluminum radiator, heavy-duty suspension, and power brakes. Not available were luxury amenities like air conditioning, power windows, or power steering.
* This week, Elon Musk announced that Tesla would build a new battery-powered roadster, reportedly capable of dashing from 0-60 mph in under two seconds, on the way to a top speed above 250 mph and with a range of 620 miles between charges. The bold claims conjured up memories of another automobile that once promised to rewrite the rule book on what a supercar could be: Vector Aeromotive’s Vector W8.