Zora Arkus-Duntov was determined to make the third generation Corvette an mid-engined sports car, but the only fruit of his efforts was this gorgeous showcar. Designed by Bill Mitchell and engineered by Duntov, the Astro II was conceived not as a weekend track warrior, but rather  as a personal sports car capable of transporting two passengers and their luggage in comfort. Power came from a mid mounted 390 horsepower 427 cid V8 mated to a two-speed transaxle. The Astro II debuted at the New York Auto Show of 1968, ironically the same year that the first units of the long lived third generation Corvette arrived at Chevrolet showrooms, with their V8s prominently planted inside their long and bulbous front ends.