Turning a fast car around in a fast amount of time isn’t always easy.
Ask anybody who’s restored a classic Corvette.
But the good folks at Borla Performance recently took just eight weeks to make some big changes to a 1966 Corvette convertible that ranks as one of the sharpest and most powerful C2 ‘Vettes we’ve seen.
The restmod build also got the attention of Chevrolet’s performance site The BLOCK who made this a featured car.
Borla’s crew wanted to get the Corvette ready for this year’s HOT ROD Power Tour presented by Chevrolet Performance, and boy, did they get it ready!
This ’66 beauty is perfect in every aspect, with even a last-minute paint color swap from maroon to Nassau Blue failing to keep them from meeting their deadline.
For you environmentally sensitive folks out there, the Borla car delivers an impressive 20 mpg, despite having a 2014 LS3 engine stuffed under the hood capable of 525hp and more than 500 lb-ft of torque. That saved them some gas money on the 1,600-mile Power Tour, for sure.
Borla Induction Production Manager Ed Taylor says LS engines make easy horsepower.
“Ten years ago, if I said I had a 400 hp Small Block (Gen1), people were impressed,” Taylor says. “Now if I tell you that, someone wants to know how many plug wires had fallen off. A GM Crate Engine with a few upgrades will make you look like a hero every time.”
Of course, Borla’s specialty is exhausts, and this baby sports a four-outlet center exhaust that naturally sounds great. Add some RideTech shocks and Wilwood 6-piston brakes, and you’ve got some impressive handling performance.
We’ll leave you with some wise words of advice from Taylor:
- “Just because you ordered it, doesn’t mean they shipped it.”
- “Most aftermarket bolt-on parts, don’t! (Beat it to fit, paint it to match).”
- “If everything is going smoothly, you’ve overlooked something or someone.”
Check out all the photos and specifications about this fantastic 1966 Corvette build from Borla Performance at The BLOCK.