This is Lydia. She began life as a basic 1964 Corvette coupe and was transformed into the finely sculptured piece of art you see here by B Rod or Custom of Knoxville, TN. Lydia was another one of our other favorites from this years’ Autorama in Detroit.
Like Sixty-Two Twelve which we told you about earlier this week, Lydia strikes the perfect chord between subtlety and outrageousness. Look closely and you’ll see mild fender flares over the 17” front and 18” rear wheels. Inside, take note of the C6 paddle shifters tucked neatly behind the leather wrapped steering wheel and the one-off custom gauges. Upfront there’s a custom chin spoiler hiding beneath the front bumpers. Out back you’ll find 6 taillights and a center mounted exhaust.
The body wears a pearlized Gunmetal gray shared with Audi’s R8 and a 1967 big block hood with traditional stinger. It rests on a custom chassis supplier by Street Shop, Inc with C4 Corvette suspension. The drivetrain consists of a GM Performance LS 376/480 crate motor mated to a TCI 6 speed transmission with the aforementioned paddle shifters and a Dana 44 rear end with 3.54 gears. Lydia exhales through 3” stainless steel exhaust which exits through Billy Boat Z06 mufflers and 4 center mounted chrome tips. The interior features C6 Corvettes seats, a host of wood, and miles of leather.
For more info on this fantastic Corvette you can check out B Rod’s Smugmug gallery or you can follow the history of Lydia’s build on their blog. One interesting thing we found out about the build was a small paint issue that ended up causing a complete repaint of the car which consumed 4 months of build time!