You’re looking at a car that has no equal. This 1962 Chevrolet Corvette is the kind of restomod that takes the ionic style and adds everything one could want. So, while enjoying a current LS3 V8, updated suspension, and a leather-clad A/C interior, one can win accolades in a unique, personalized build. Thus, Award Winning 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Restomod
This car’s 2016 restoration and 340 miles since then don’t mask its originality. Bright, striking silver has a Mercedes-like premium gloss. The smooth finish complements the bespoke design, which has front, side, and door handle trim removed.
This final-year first-generation Corvette was the right place for this speedy makeover. After all, the body retains the iconic design lines that made the Corvette America’s sports car, but the car evolved with a less fussy front end, sporty duck tail rear, and a wide grille that looks like it wants to inhale lesser sports cars. Like any good ’60s machine, there was plenty of brightwork.
Everything from the intricate form-fitting split bumpers, to the delicate trim that runs the full length of the front fender – all has the mirror-like quality of serious investment. While those all tell you this is a great classic, the modern Schott wheels (with an aggressive 17/18-inch front/rear stagger) are a great clue to all the upgrades beneath the skin.
While the black folding soft top looks nice against the silver, there’s just something special about the combination of silver and red. So we know this one will get hearts racing every time they approach it with the top down. When you pop the remote door openers, it reveals the full passion-colored interior.
This has all the right look for the classic C1, but you’ll notice the richer leather of the seats, the gloss paint across the lower dash, and the thicket pile of carpeting. So it’s exactly what you want in a restomod – a vintage feeling with a finer execution.
And more than just look fantastic, there are plenty of great modern upgrades like the retrosound AM/FM/iPod stereo, full Dakota Digital VLC gauge package, and Billet Specialties wheel (yes, those are paddle shifters!) Best of all, there’s ice-cold modern R134a air conditioning, so you can stay cool with the top down all summer long.
Award Winning 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Restomod – LS3 Engine Swap
Lifting the hood reveals this exceptional engine bay. With the smooth painted firewall and every inch stuffed with modern LS3 power, it’s the perfect mix of style and substance. So besides just looking great, this is an amazing car to drive. The 6.2-liter fuel-injected power plant is a GM performance crate motor that makes 430 hp right out of the box.
It even includes a performance air grabber and ceramic-coated long tube headers. Handling all this extra power is GM’s 4L65E four-speed automatic transmission w/overdrive. Not only is that the same unit that comes with it if you ordered a 2013 LS3 Grand Sport with an automatic, but also you can still take full control over this powerful V8 thanks to the paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
Out on the road, this handles like no C1. The Art Morrison GT sport chassis adds a level of stiffness these Corvette never had. Plus, the JRI double adjustable coil overs and Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes give this first-generation car some very modern moves. Take some real time to look over all of this in the undercarriage photos, because there was a TON of $$$$$ getting this performance suspension polished and ready for prime time.
There is a different caliber of custom car, and it’s the kind of car that needs a mirror under at any show. This is obviously that kind of upper-echelon machine. In fact, it already has received “Coolest Corvette” from Goodguys.
- How much is a 1953 Corvette worth today?
1953 Corvette, $125,000-$190,000The earliest serial numbers win the value sweepstakes-VIN 0003, the oldest known car might go for $750,000.
- Did Corvette ever have a metal body?
No Chevy ever build a steel body corvette. All production Corvettes have been either hand-laid fiberglass or press-molded fiberglass. Current model Corvettes are not 100 percent fiberglass, they are made from a composite material that contains stranded fiberglass and are molded versus hand-laid.
- How much is a 1955 Corvette worth?
1955 Corvette, $75,000-$120,000At last, it got a V-8 (265 cubes producing 195 hp). Seven hundred were built. The bigger-engined car cost $2909. First or last (as in any given series) would be worth more, as the first ’55 V-8 sold recently for $120,000.
- Who owned the first Corvette?
GENERAL MOTORS. THE C1 DEBUTED AT THE GENERAL MOTORS MOTORAMA ON JANUARY 17, 1953. The first Corvette, now known as C1, made its debut as a concept vehicle at the General Motors auto show in New York City.
- Where is the very first Corvette?
The first full-scale Corvette concept was displayed as a “dream car” at GM’s Motorama in New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel in January. 1953. On June 30, the first production Corvette rolled off of the assembly line in Flint, Michigan.