About three years ago the team at Heartland Customs approached the National Corvette Museum about their Specvette custom Corvette program. Each Specvette takes a classic C1, C2, or C3 Corvette and treats it to a full makeover incorporating all the modern bits from a late model C6. Last weekend at the NCM Bash they unveiled Specvette #1, a stunning 1958 packing a 7 liter LS7 under the hood.
The goal of every Specvette build is to combine the classic styling and heritage of the early Corvette with all the modern amenities of the newer Corvettes.
As you can see the external appearance of Specvette #1 remains largely as it was born in 1958. The trademark washboard hood and trunk spears are still there as are the contrasting coves and dual headlights. What you can’t see is the totally custom frame the car rides on. Each frame is custom designed and assembled based the individual build. A complete C6 drivetrain then gets bolted to that custom chassis. Specvette #1 has the C6 Z06’s 505hp LS7 under the hood. Showing off the motor is as simple as hitting the power hood button on the key fob. Electronic ride control allows you to manage the suspension setting based on your needs.
Like modern Corvettes, the Specvette has automatic headlights that turn on and off as needed. The custom 1 piece, CNC cut wheels mimic the original 1958 hubcaps and are wrapped by modern Nitto rubber. Those shoes even have special white walls which won’t yellow over time. The original gas filler now houses a plug for a CTEK battery charger.
Inside, the classic yet modern theme continues. The gauge cluster is clad with brushed aluminum and appears stock. Look closely and you’ll see the telltale redline for the LS7. The car also features power locks and windows. The windows are actuated by pressing down on the original window cranks. The radio mirrors the original version, yet packs all modern technology inside. Open the glove box to reveal the jack for your iPod. There’s even a hidden subwoofer in there too.
Just like a C7 Corvette, each Specvette can be delivered through the National Corvette Museum and each car is individually numbered on a plaque affixed to the firewall. The NCM delivery also includes your very own Walk of Fame brick and a letter from museum director Wendell Strode. You’ll also get VIP tours of the Corvette Museum and Bowling Green Assembly Plant in addition to several other extras.
For more information on Heartland Custom’s Specvette program swing by their website for more information. Meanwhile enjoy our video and photos below from the big reveal last week in Bowling Green.
Here is the video from the introduction at the National Corvette Museum’s Bash:
[VIDEO] Callaway Debuts C7 Callaway Corvette at the Corvette Museum’s Bash
[VIDEO] The Corvette Z06 and C7.R Design Seminar from the 2014 NCM Bash
[PICS] The 2014 National Corvette Museum Bash