There aren’t many names more familiar to the Corvette enthusiast than that of Ralph Eckler, founder of Eckler Corvette Parts, which has grown into one of the top suppliers of quality Corvette parts and accessories over the past 40 years.
Mr. Eckler is now retired from the company that bears his name, but that doesn’t mean his love for Corvettes has gone away.
Just the opposite. He’s now taken his enthusiasm for Corvettes to a new and exciting level with the introduction of his Ralph Eckler Signature Car Collection.
Mr. Eckler believes there is a demand for high-quality resto-mod Corvettes, and he’s stepping up to the plate to fill that demand.
In fact, he just recently announced the first of his Signature Car Collection, a 1965 Sting Ray convertible that was stripped and upgraded with a custom frame that accommodates a C4 suspension and brakes, a new LS6 engine, and a 6-speed Tremec transmission. It bears an ID plate certifying that it is Number 001 of the series.
“The timing is quite favorable for such a launch,” Mr. Eckler believes. “We are excited about this new venture. We will create happy, satisfied customers that will be served with exceptional quality and the ultimate Corvette ownership experience.”
Basically, with the Signature Car Collection, a buyer will get a totally restored car that has the upgraded features of a late model Corvette, just covered with the beautiful body of a classic.
“Unlike a restoration, we rebuild the entire car including installing a new engine, new interior, all new electrical components and wiring, with the transmission and suspension as well,” Mr. Eckler points out.
He says a resto-mod is a car that is meant to be driven, giving the owner the full experience of the classic Corvette design, along with the performance, reliability and the comfort of a later model Corvette.
“America has not lost its love for the Corvette,’ he says. “The older they become the more desirable and valuable they are.”
With the new Signature Car Collection, buyers can feel secure in knowing that their new pride and joy has the same attention to detail and quality that Eckler Corvette Parts has been known for for decades.