Buy this! (or not): the mid-engined Innotech Corvette

By ahmadzulizwan, 09 October 2018

The first thing that crossed my mind after seeing this is, “What in the world…”

But who doesn’t love quirky cars, right? Or at least are quick to read out about cars which stump them. What you see here is a one-off car by Innotech Motors based on a Corvette. It is up for sale at racecarsdirect and any info we have is based on the listing.

The car was designed in 1992-1993 by Czech car designer Vaclav Kral and hand-built in 1993-1994. It immediately made its world debut in October 1994 at the Slovakia Motor Show. Unfortunately, Kral passed away in 2006 so that’s probably why the project was no longer heard about ever again.

Interestingly, the 5.7-litre V8 from a Chevrolet Corvette is mounted in the middle of the chassis. It’s still rear-wheel drive, with 300hp going through a custom made 5-speed manual transaxle. The chassis itself is tubular space frame with the car’s suspension, steering column and brakes off a Corvette C4. There’s only about 100km on the meter, it’s claimed, as is the market value of 250,000 Euros. That’s steep for a two-seater with no roof at all.

Innotech Escalero

Too expensive? Don’t worry because ‘realistic offers are invited’.

What do you get other than bragging rights? (especially when all your friends are Czech, and they happened to be there at the 1994 SLOVAKIA MOTOR SHOW!) Check out the red upholstery (it’s pink, isn’t it?), nautical-style instrument panel with round dials, and what seems to be a total lack of storage space, and, urmmm, seat belts.

But then again, step to the side and boom! Hello side-access cargo space. You may have noticed that there are no air-cond vents too (peculiar, because the dashboard has a full array of buttons for AC control), but as mentioned above, there is no roof. So it’s either you’re very cold or hot or wet (combinations very likely). But mostly with scruffy hair.