Historical photo examples of early model Corvettes produced and modified for use around the world. This site features Corvettes that were produced for VIP's, Kings, Ambassadors, a Prince and Export GM Show Cars. See the differences of the Export Corvettes vs the USA versions. Also as thirty plus years of collecting has rolled by,information on the export Corvair, Camaro, Chevrolet and Buick have been included. Also there is some Ford and Chrysler pictures included.
Date(s): 1953 - 1982. Album by James Hurt. Photos by Various Contributers. 97 - 120 of 362 Total. 5293 Visits.
97 King Leopold III & Zora The King and Zora inspect the FI 1957 Corvette. Was this special Corvette prepared for the King ??
98 1957 FI Corvette Fit for a King ?
99 GM VIP behind the wheel (Regan) 1954 Cadillac La Espada. Soon to be President Ronald Regan at the wheel. Not an export, just an interesting picture. Example of GM placement of VIP drivers.
100 1958 Leopold Corvette I received word this 1958 Corvette was owned by King Leopold III of Belgium. Please forward any information, serial number or photos that you may have.
101 1977 Indy NCRS Meet-59 Swiss Export Mark & Sid McQueary's 1959 Swiss Corvette, pictured are John Hamilton, A T Rudin from Swiss Corvette Club, Sam Folz, NCRS tech advisor…taken in 1977 at the Indy NCRS meet. This 1959 Corvette has the Swiss GM plant emblem in the center of the grill.
102 1959 Swiss Export Corvette at Indy Meet Swiss GM SUP badge replaces the chrome tooth. This Swiss plant emblem was placed on SUP (single unit packs) processed at the GM plant. Corvette owned by Mark & Sid McQueary's.
103 A Corvette for the Princess Corvette history is full of Kings with their Corvettes. Grace Kelly becomes the Princess of Monaco and this 1959 Corvette is believed to have been her Corvette.
104 1959 Export Corvette 1959 Corvette, alledged to have been delivered to Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, now located the in the United States.
105 Princess of Monaco GM VIP owner, Film star Grace Kelly, AKA Princess Grace of Monaco, alledged VIP owner of an Export Corvette. See details listed with the 1959 Corvettes below.
106 1959 Export Corvette Kilo Speedo
107 1959 Export Corvette The Princess Grace Corvette? Said to be in the southern part of the USA.
108 Looking for more info Can anyone provide more info?
109 J59102946 Princess Grace Corvette The GM homologation plate for #2946. believed to be the Prince Grace Corvette. Compare the plate to homologation plate #4395, both delivered by GM France.
110 Princess of Monaco/Corvette owner Husband Prince Rainier of Monaco and wife Princess Grace
111 Wedding Day Prince Rainier and wife Princess Grace
112 Cary Grant-and-Grace Kelly Grace Kelly with co star Cary Grant. Picture taken from the movie "To Catch A Thief".
113 Princess Grace
114 Hitchcock and Grace Kelly AKA Princess Grace
115 1963 “Principality of Monaco” Edition In addition to a 1959 Corvette, not to be out done, Ford sent over a Thunderbird. 1963 Ford Thunderbird “Principality of Monaco” Limited Edition This is one of those odd, Limited Edition Automobiles that only a crazed Ford Nut or Thunderbird Aficionado might be aware Ford ever even offered on the marketplace. Only 2,000 of these unique cars were built. Introduced, in the Spring of 1963, they instantly became known, by popular showroom vernacular, as the "Princess Monaco T-Bird". Like the actual Movie Star, who met Prince Ranier the same year that the Thunderbird was born (1955), everyone in America was aware of this new Beautiful, Graceful Automobile offered by Ford Motor Company. History claims that Ford even gave one of the Limited Edition Bird's to Prince Ranier himself. Was it #1?
116 "Princess Grace Landau" 1963 saw the introduction of another model, the "Thunderbird 1963 Limited Edition Landau. Only 2,000 were built, and each was painted in Corinthian White, with a dark Rose Beige vinyl roof and White leather interior with dark Rose Beige instrument panel and carpeting. Simulated Rosewood paneling on the instrument panel, console, doors, and rear quarter panels was unique to this model. Each came equipped with a numbered nameplate mounted on the console indicating which number of the 2,000 a particular car was. Princess Grace of Monaco, the former movie actress Grace Kelly, assisted Ford designers in the selection of colors and materials for this special car. The 1963 Ford Thunderbird Limited Edition Landau is sometimes (incorrectly) referred to as the "Principality of Monaco Landau", "Monaco Landau", or the "Princess Grace Landau" due to its splashy introduction held in Monaco in January 1963 during the Monte Carlo Road Rally.
117 J59104395 1959 Corvette vin tag #4395 as listed on the C1 registry. Owned by Andre De Boer, in Wezep, Netherlands. Homolagation plate from France GM plant.This homologation plated is similar to the Princess Grace plate, just a different serial number entered on it.
118 1963 Corvette - One Off Export Chevrolet showed this Pininfarina styled Corvette at the 1963 Paris Motorshow. The Rondine, as the car was named, was one of a number of Pininfarina styled Corvettes. GM shipped a new String Ray chassis to the Pininfarina styling studio in Turinese, Italy. The coachbuilder had a working relationship with GM and built special bodied cars for GM show cars. This "one off" export was built for the late 1963 car shows. First shown in Paris in 1963. The 1963 Sting Ray show car was named Rondine, Italian for swallow. The Sting Ray dash was left in tact. The headlamps were fixed, small lids flipped up when the lights were turned on. The raked rear window could be raised and lowered. In January 2008, the Corvette was sold at an Barrett-Jackson Auction for 1.6 million dollars.
119 Rondine Paris Show Car Chevrolet showed this Pininfarina styled Corvette at the 1963 Paris Motorshow
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Have 65 fuel injected Corvette purchased from Harry Hood. - Robert Atkins, Mon, 21 Nov 2011 5:50PM
Great job on your export website. I enjoyed reviewing some of the neat cars that were sold overseas.
Regards, Dave Gray Carlisle, Pa. - David Gray, Mon, 22 Aug 2011 4:20PM
Nice pictures and stories.Would anybody know where I can find details of my 1957 Chevrolet that starts his live on the Antwerp plant.Have the original tagplate on the firewall but couldn't find any details about it on the Chevrolet forums and sites in the USA.Need as much info as possible to get the car registrated and roadlegal in Holland because of new rules here since august this year.Thanks a lot - Peter, Wed, 1 Dec 2010 11:22AM
Very nice! I have the dates of the Prince Bertil Tech Center visit and Buick drive with Zora photos and the circumstances surrounding who alsois in the photo and why if you are interested. - Ken Kayser | www.tachometerpress.com, Sun, 20 Dec 2009 1:22PM
Thanks for the pics! Great gallery and info! I think we have discussed something like 7-8 years ago about this subject? Send me e-mail! I'd love to have update on your latest discoveries!