I have never been a huge Corvette fan. Don’t get me wrong, I know a lot about them, like people who drive them, but just never went out of my way to own one. Add to that, I have been cautiously watching the resto-mod movement in the collector car world.
But once in a while, one of these cars will stop me in my tracks and make me consider the trend.
The Pick of the Day is a 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Restomod offered by a dealer in Wilmington, North Carolina, on ClassicCars.com. With lots of 1967 componentry, including big block hood, taillights and fenders, it is definitely what I would call a “Frankenstein C2.” But it’s a car I would actually consider driving. It’s cool, most-likely reliable and can take fast corners.
Back in the early 1960s, along with Zora Duntov and Billy Mitchell at General Motors, Peter Brock was instrumental on the drafting table in the radically designed C2 Sting Ray.
It is a very cool-looking car. I have driven several versions of the C2, including the world-beating Grand Sport, which is a heck of a lot of fun on a race track, but slightly tedious on the street with big horsepower, heavy steering and clutch. I’m far from the first to speak up about those period features lacking in creature comforts.
With our September theme being restoration and customization, consider if you could have the classic look of the beautifully designed C2 with the comfort and convenience of modern powertrain, suspension and brakes underneath. Frankly, it’s a car I would drive many miles – regularly. Heck, it could even make a fun commuter car.
Powered by a 6.0-liter LS2 V8 with a F.A.S.T. induction system, making 495 horsepower and mated to a Tremec TKO500 five-speed manual, this car should get up and go fast. Stopping, which was not a particular attribute of early Corvettes, is handled by big Wilwood power discs. The fully independent suspension features square-tube control arms and coil-over shocks.
The interior of this silver-over-red beauty is an inviting combination of leather and a period look. The stereo and speakers are conveniently hidden behind the seats, which allows for good sound when, and if, you tire of the song coming from the side pipes. Best of all, especially here in the Southwest, there is a modern air-conditioning system.
You would probably get some crap from the purists amongst us, but with a price tag of $129,500 on this 13,000-mile classic/modern sports car, sitting on 17-inch wheels, let haters be haters.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day