The car actually started life as a stock 1958 Corvette. But that didn’t last long, as the fiberglass body was heavily modified to give it a Grand Prix race car appearance. The front of the car featured a long and low overhang, large air scoops, and wire wheels. Initially, the XP-700 was painted red, and Bill Mitchell actually used it as his personal car for the first year of its existence.
This transparent canopy acted in many ways, like a one-way mirror. It is easy to see how the rear styling of the car is credited with influencing the second-generation Corvette. During the first year the XP-700 was completed, it was actually painted red, but in 1959, it was repainted a metallic silver, and this “Dream Car” was revealed to the public on April of 1960, at the 4th International Automobile Show in New York.
When seated inside the car, passengers were met with a metal strut in the center of the canopy that featured louvered vents. This ventilation system was a must, to keep the bubble-covered interior comfortable.