One of the featured consignments at Russo & Steele’s auction in Newport Beach, California this weekend will be a 1964 Corvette coupe. If you’re looking for a potential NCRS Top-Flight winner, this is not the car for you. This Corvette combines the classic design of a mid-year coupe with all of the modern conveniences of today’s cars—a restomod in other words.
Now we know some Corvette purists who look down their noses at restomods, but for others in the Corvette community, such a car is just what they’re looking for. The secret to any good restomod is the quality of the restoration and modification work that was done. Let’s take a closer look at this particular car.
The body retains the stock appearance of a 1964 Corvette, except for a custom 1967 Corvette big-block hood with a red stinger that complements the show-quality black paint. The wheels are Foose “Knuckle” wheels shod with BFG Comp T/A radials, 235/40ZR18 at the front and 245/45R18 at the rear.
Make sure you’re wearing your sunglasses if you open the hood in daylight—the reflection off the highly polished components may cause serious eye damage if you don’t. Underneath the hood lurks a brand-new ZZ 383 stroker crate motor that has been dyno tested at 428 horsepower. Fuel is supplied through a custom-polished Ram Jet EFI unit built by Arizona Speed and Marine that has been modified to resemble the old Corvette Rochester fuel injection units. Hooker headers and a Magnaflow performance exhaust system get rid of the used gases.
The engine is connected with a Tremec TKO-600 five-speed transmission with a Hurst shifter. A Corvette 3.70:1 rear end transfers the drive to the rear wheels.
The 1964 Corvette frame has been powder-coated and is equipped with Shark Bait polished upper and lower tubular A-arms, offset trailing arm assembly, a fiberglass rear spring, front and rear sway bars, and Steeroids rack and pinion steering. A Vintage air conditioning and heating system keeps you comfortable and a DeWitt big-block aluminum radiator with electric fans makes sure the engine stays cool.
The interior features new C5 Corvette black-and-red leather sport seats, plus all new door panels, carpeting, headliner, and dash. A Momo steering wheel in black and red leather tops off a custom built tilt steering column. Power windows and door locks are included, as are a Classic AM/FM stereo with an MP3 connection, and Dakota Digital gauges.
This unique Corvette with VIN 40837S106211, has less than 125 miles since its completion in March of 2013 and is scheduled to cross the block between 5:45 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. this Saturday. For further information about this car or the auction in general, please contact Russo & Steele.
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