Sent: Saturday, August 08, 2009 1:53 PM
To: Pau1 P1etcher
Subject: - 37' Corvette Exclusive release
Paul, in the seventies while President of Chris-Craft Italia, I asked Dick Avery to come over, inhale a lot of the just-emerging, flamboyant Italian design - then restyle our deep-vee, twin-Diesel 37-footer in true Italian style. Boy, did he!
(But first, we asked Pompano Beach HQ to extend (all in forward bow-reach) their 36' wood Corvette and ship us a mould so we could build it in fiberglass. (When the US President du jour heard about it he sent word that I should not proceed - which I could and did ignore as we were an arms-length subsidiary). It did very well for a few years, but Mediterranean dealers said it would sell like hell with a real, (read, flamboyant, non-Chris-Craft) totally Italian "look."
Here are some photos of the fantastically successful, top-performing, truly Italian, "Ricardo" Avery 37' Chris-Craft Corvette.
It was also extremely profitable for, as a new look in a deep-vee fiberglass cruisers with two Diesels, I did not hesitate to price it accordingly. There must still be a lot of them around in Europe. I know of fifty of them - the factory's last order, sort of custom-built for that stellar yachtsman Colonel Muammar Gadhaffi (yes, that one) who, for some reason, wanted all the fore decks to be well-reinforced.
Note, I returned from Europe without photos, so credit my daughter Kathi Pocklington who saved and handed them to my yesterday. Enjoy, Herb
Ricardo Avery 37' Corvette
Muted Italian decor
Sent: Sunday, August 09, 2009 9:00 PM
To: Pau1 P1etcher
Subject: Re: Avery Corvette
The US version could be called a test, because the first (MAYBE ONLY) Jim Wynne hull on a larger Chris. I believe it was not a roaring success in the States, but it seemed like a good idea to me. We made it a very good idea with twin Fiat/Aifo 6-cylinder Diesels in a fiberglas hull. The performance was excellent
In a message dated 8/9/2009 9:51:56 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, PPletcher writes:
Riccardo did a nice job! Was the wood version of this boat with it's v-drive and 427 power a market test for the US market?
Paul's added note: In American form, this was a wood boat with twin 427 V-drives installed, in true offshore racing fashion! There are still a few around, and they would be a heck of a collectors item if you can find one in decent shape.