Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: 1956 or 1957 Corvette – With Very Mysterious Driver

Mike Hayes just posted this shot to the Cohort, and naturally I was attracted to it, for several reasons:  1.) I’ve always had a thing for the ’56-’57 Corvette; 2.) I didn’t know there were any unrestored Corvette hulks still out there; and 3.) This one has a “driver”, who’s either wearing a balaclava or some other strange head covering, or possibly had his face obscured digitally.

So the mystery is twofold: what year is this ‘Vette, and why is this driver’s head blacked out?

Here’s a crop to help you with the second mystery. As to the first, I’m not sure there’s a good way to tell given what we have to go on. In fact, the visual differences were so minor, it’s not possible. The second? Your guess is as good as mine.