Is the Winter a Good Enough Reason to Make a Corvette FWD?

The Corvette, for its excellence, is a less than ideal winter car. A big engine near the front wheels makes for a slidey experience when the going gets slippery. But what if you had an engineering degree and a love of Corvettes that made you want to drive one whatever the weather?

You’d have this 1979 El Vette that was recently donated to the National Corvette Museum. As the name suggests, JJ Jacoby, an engineer from New Jersey decided mate is Corvette body with a Cadillac Eldorado chassis to make it front wheel drive.

The swap did require some creative reengineering—the engine now sits nearly a foot-and-half forward of where it would have otherwise—but according to Derek Moore of the NCM, it’s all surprisingly well done.

Apart from the oddly placed hood scoop, there’s little to indicate that isn’t driven by the wheels you’d expect a Corvette to be driven by.

We’re still not sure if this is delightful or disgusting, but it certainly does inspire strong emotions, and that’s not something you can say about every build.

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