Classic 1959 Corvette Gets a Boost with an LS2 Engine Swap

[VIDEO] Classic 1959 Corvette Gets a Boost with an LS2 Engine Swap

[VIDEO] Classic Corvette Gets a Boost with an LS2 Engine Swap

Some folks believe you shouldn’t mess with a C1 Corvette.

Just leave it the way it came from the factory, they say.

Others, like the owner of this 1959 model, don’t see anything wrong with making a few changes, especially when taking advantage of modern amenities.

Sure, 1959 was a great year for beautiful styling, but on the other hand, you can’t exactly fault the guy for getting tired of the stock low-horsepower engine that he had put up with through 50 years of ownership.

He turned his boulevard cruiser into a nine-second dragster after stuffing an LS2 motor from a C6 Corvette under the hood, giving him an instant 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.

To make sure the car could handle that boost in power, he also added a C6 chassis and a tubular front end.

It’s our opinion that there’s room for everybody at the table when it comes to Corvettes. There’s definitely a place for a low-mileage trailer queen classic from which you could eat off the motor, but at the same time, there’s also room for another classic ’Vette that uses advances in technology over the past half-century to add another dimension to the vehicle.

Take a look at this video and see what the outstanding job this owner did with the numerous upgrades to his old friend.

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Mitch Talley
Mitch Talley has loved Corvettes since he was just 8 years old. He's owned 10 Corvettes since 1983, including examples from the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth generations. His goal is to own first, second, and seventh generation cars someday. He and his son, Chris, also a Corvette enthusiast, served as Captains of the 2014 Georgia Corvette Caravan.


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