In 1963, speedboat racer Bob Nordskog ordered the 1963 split-window coupe Corvette. However, knowing he would be taking the corvette to George Barris to work his design charm, Bob ordered it without paint.
First George extended the nose and repositioned the headlamps behind the grille. Then he added headers that sprouted from the front fenders, and painted the body in metallic copper. The the custom pearl white Naugahyde interior was stitched by Don Ferrara. Finally the small-block V-8 sprouted six Stromberg carburetors.
This custom Barris design was featured in several magazines including Hot Rod. The Asteroid was also used on the album cover of the 1963 Jan and Dean “Drag City” Album.
Head to the annual Corvettes at Carlisle, world’s largest Corvette event, to see the newly restored Asteroid. The event will run from August 23 through August 25 and will feature more than 5,000 Corvettes representing all generations of America’s classic sports cars.