Of the many (and I mean MANY) mid/rear-engine Corvette prototypes that GM has produce, few are as intriguing or came as close to production as the Corvette Indy and it’s more production-minded brother the CERV III.

The Indy went through a couple different iterations in the 1980s, first as a non-running clay model of a roadster and then as concept represented in this diecast.

I had wanted to write something long about the history of mid/rear-engined Corvettes and of the Indy, but I was repeatedly unhappy with what I had after several tries so I’ll just stick to talking about this particular cast.

Honestly I don’t know much about this cast. The base is missing a brand, though some eBay listings have indicated it’s a MotorMax cast. I don’t remember where I got it — it was in a box of childhood cars that I picked up from my parents a few months ago.

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I’d give the cast a 7/10. It has some nice details and the paint is nice but it’s clearly a cheaper cast. It’s lightweight, has a plastic base, and there’s quite a bit of flashing on the exterior.

But still, concepts don’t get a lot of diecast love so it’s a unique item to have. As far as I know, neither Mattel brand has based a cast on the Indy.

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The Indy and the more realistic CERV III were floated as potential models for the C5. While that would have changed the course of Corvette history (seriously, the thing was a 600 hp, IndyCar-powered super car in the 1980s), it would have been cool to see.