As Chevrolet’s newly-appointed general manager in mid-1969, John DeLorean was at first supportive of Zora Arkus-Duntov’s burning passion to create a mid-engine Corvette. Zora’s prototype at the time was XP-882, a bullet-shaped coupe with a C3-esque front and a Mako Shark II show-car-like tail. It was powered by a transverse-mounted 400-cubic-inch small-block V-8 driving through an Oldsmobile Toronado/Cadillac Eldorado FWD Hydra-Matic with the drive shaft to its rear differential running through a tube in the engine’s sump. Duntov’s hope was to have it approved, designed, engineered and ready for production in 1972 for the ’73 model year.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2020/02/13/encounters-with-john-delorean-mid-engine-corvette-dmc-12