Think you’ve already seen the best restomods around? Thank again. This 1965 Chevrolet Corvette keeps the iconic C2 silhouette, but it has the modern 436 hp heart of a C6 Grand Sport. Plus, take the time to look over the custom frame, paint, and interior. Once you realize how amazing this build is, make room in your trophy case. Even from just a quick glance everyone will know this Sting Ray is special. The Metallic Viper Blue paint takes advantage of the most modern clearcoat practices so you get a deep sparkle that’s also so slippery you’ll swear it was applied with baby oil. The ’65 was the perfect starting point for this project, not only because it was the first year for the big block (and don’t miss the iconic stinger hood that comes on this one), but also there was less chrome on these cars. While that gives more space to highlight the expensive paint, it also means that any brightwork has to be standout to really get noticed. That’s why it all has been restored to a mirror shine everything from the thin stylized bumpers, to the side exhaust, to the Corvette name in cursive on the rear. But even if that all escapes everyone’s glances, the special 60th anniversary wheels from the 2013 Grand Sport are shining gems that provide a window into this classic’s modern soul. Just like the exterior, the interior is unmistakably based on a C2, with a ton invested in giving it modern attractiveness. The custom build starts with the console and dash utilizing the same metallic paint used on the outside. The supple camel brown leather seats have the kind of intricate pattern that you’d expect in a classic Ferrari. The material and stitching is repeated on the door panels, trim, and rear panel. As expected from a full custom build, it comes loaded with features such as air conditioning, power windows, power steering, and a modern AM/FM/XM stereo with iPod hookup. But your favorite piece in the center console will undoubtedly be the push button transmission. When you slip behind the three-spoke leather and chrome steering wheel, you’ll notice the full Dakota Digital gauge package that glows blue to keep this design truly uniform.
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
See listing: 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe (from March 23, 2016)