Last week we saw The Colonel get a little excited about a shoebox Chevy, after hearing him mention this shoebox Chevy on several occasions.
The time has come to clarify what he means.
The Colonel is generous this morning to spend time with us...lets get going!
Q: We understand a shoebox Chevy as a 1955/56 ideally a 2 door post coupe.
A: Exactly...an unassuming 2 door post.
Q: Your thoughts of this shoebox Chevy are audacious, seem to go beyond a simple 2 door post with a small block.
A: Some years ago, as the high performance versions of German cars were becoming increasingly popular, the idea emerged to have a totally unassuming shoebox Chevy with a comparable if not superior performance envelope.
Q: Something in the order of "this 1955 Chevy just blew the doors off my high performance German car".
Q: How would you accomplish that with a 50 year old car?
A: You can build a modern version of a shoebox Chevy with a tube frame, independent suspension, proper brakes, imagine a carbon fiber body, and so on...
Q: Got it, it would look like a 1955/56 Chevy...
A: Yes...it would look like a 50 year old car, and perform like a modern high performance car.
Q: With an appreaciable budget it would be possible to build such a car, getting it to perform would be a challenge...
A: Debugging, and calibrating the car to reach the expected performance envelope would be time consuming, to say the least...
Q: It would be cool to have such a car, with a superlative performance envelope, the right stance, a race 572 with an aggressive idle, a 6 speed transmission, 18 inches in the front, perhaps 20's in the back, 4 inch exhaust system, an awesome sound system.
A: You guys are well versed on what this shoebox Chevy would be...
Q: Painted an unassuming 1950's colour scheme,
A: Completely unassuming, looking stock at first blush, until the car is throttled up.
Q: Its a doable deal, but who has time, and what sort of budget.
A: The real challenge, no one has the luxury of time to build such a car, and then refine it to arrive at elevated levels of performance.
Q: The CTS-V Coupe captured your imagination, sort of how a shoebox Chevy would perform.
A: You guys are good...yes that CTS-V Coupe pulled at my heartstrings for a myriad of reasons.
Q: Perhaps it was too similar to a German high performance model.
A: Yes...polished, refined, subtle, unassuming, and authoritatively fast. But not a shoebox Chevy.
Q: Got it...a shoebox Chevy would be visceral.....
A: Yes in tune with a raw, gut, mechanical sounds, visceral experience.
Q: If no one has time, not considering the budget to build your version of a shoebox Chevy, is there a solution.
A: There was no correct solution until the Camaro ZL1.