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2003 Chevrolet Corvette Muray: the Italian Dream

The origin

The Chevrolet Corvette Moray project, which was unveiled by Italdesign at the Geneva Motor Show on March 4, 2003, embodies the homage that Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro wish to pay to the fifty-year era of the Chevrolet Corvette, the supreme symbol of the American sports car.

Build by Italdesign without hesitation on Corvette mechanics and chassis, the outcome of seeking out a sports car designed as an elegant extreme leaps into the limelight carrying a pure profile, designed as though touched by drifting tides with long and slender front lights, bringing immediately to the mind the Chevrolet Corvette Moray Italdesign, the English term for the eel-type fish, muraena helena, found in Mediterranean waters.

Also resembling a moray rippling through sea waters is the sinuous contour line, whilst shaping the elongated front section – an unmistakable look of the Corvette grille – to a far stronger, more accentuated curvature is the serpentine bonnet (which projects frontward) forming a contrast with the upraised cut-off tail.

We vowed to honor the rhetorical principles that dictated the American muscle-car of excellence era: simplicity and pragmatism, handlasting with the hedonist concept of sportiness evolving beyond the restraints of time”, explained Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro back in 2003.

Hinged to the rear door frame, thereby assuring freedom of access to the inside of the car, the clear crystal semi-dome of the doors – by which the side window and roof merge into one complete unit – swings open like a seagull on wing. Quick and simple to remove, these door wings ease the way to transforming the Chevrolet Corvette Moray Italdesign from a coupé, with its unmistakable roof panel under the unique, clear crystal dome, into a quasi roadster. The direct, immediate feeling of fresh-air motoring is enhanced by removing the B door frame. This is replaced by a central arch-shaped steel structure to which the two wings are hinged.

In perfect symbiosis with the fresh and free extreme of the car, there are no side-mirrors, which have been replaced by a telecamera system with dashboard-integrated viewers. The bodyshell and paintwork color blends into the capsule, becoming one and the same. Only those surfaces inside the car touched by the driver or passenger are warmed by soft leather upholstery made with the cooperation of Dräxlmaier Group.

Essential to catering the needs and preferences of the dynamic driver are dashboardfitted instruments. Underlined by the same dashboard layout, assigned to the passenger are precise co-pilot functions.

Technical specifications

Cool, sleek and supremely agile, of exceptional beauty and legerdemain like the sea creature from which it takes its name, the Moray is fitted with a powerful Chevrolet Corvette V8 engine, the longitude front-mounted six-liter, which reaches command of more than 400 horsepower, combined with a perfect balance ensured from the ground up by Michelin Pilot sport 335/30 ZR20 rear tyres.

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AGTZ Twin Tail

In a groundbreaking collaboration, the renowned Italian coachbuilder Zagato and the innovative La Squadra have joined forces to usher the art of coachbuilding into a new era. Unveiled at Zagato’s historic Milan atelier, the AGTZ Twin Tail represents a daring fusion of art and engineering, seamlessly blending heritage with cutting-edge technology. Andrea Zagato, whose grandfather founded Carrozzeria Zagato in 1919, emphasizes the importance of telling the stories of iconic cars from the past to inspire future generations.

The AGTZ Twin Tail draws inspiration from the A220, a car that, despite falling short of its Le Mans victory target in the late 1960s, left an indelible mark. The designers, refusing to accept defeat, transformed the A220 by slicing its bodywork and creating a 30cm-shorter tail. This decision redirected the car’s focus to shorter circuits and rally stages, resulting in podium finishes that solidified its place in automotive history.

Zagato’s modern reinterpretation, the AGTZ Twin Tail, breathes new life into the A220’s tenacious spirit. Built on the chassis of the Alpine A110 berlinette, a contemporary mid-engine icon, this thoroughly modern GT car offers a dramatic twist. The car’s design allows owners to choose between a longtail for tailored elegance or a shorttail for a muscular punch. Limited to just 19 units, production has already begun, with prices starting at €650,000 before taxes.

The AGTZ Twin Tail celebrates its racecar ancestor’s legacy through groundbreaking innovation. The car seamlessly integrates the original A220 longtail’s stunning aerodynamics with the muscular intent of the shorttail. What was once a destructive transformation is now repeatable at the owner’s whim, thanks to a removable longtail that transforms the car into a piece of exquisite automotive sculpture. This bold vision propels the world of coachbuilding forward with renewed vigor, showcasing the seamless marriage of heritage and progress.

The collaboration between Zagato and La Squadra has given birth to the AGTZ Twin Tail, a modern masterpiece that pays homage to the iconic A220 while pushing the boundaries of coachbuilding innovation. With its limited production and the ability to transform between longtail and shorttail, this unique GT car invites automotive enthusiasts to be a part of a historic narrative that seamlessly bridges the past and the future.