Significant Corvettes of the Past was one of the many specialty displays at this year’s Detroit Autorama. The eclectic collection pulled together 9 unique Corvettes that had been modified in various ways from their stock forms by the likes of Motion, Greenwood, and Lingenfelter.
The Significant Corvettes of the Past display showcased 9 total Corvettes encompassing all but 2 of the 7 generations. They were arranged by year beginning with ProTeam’s famous 1953 NASCAR Corvette and culminating with a 624hp supercharged Lingenfelter 2014 Stingray.
An original owner, black on black 1963 Z06 represented Corvette’s 2nd generation. The sinister C2 was originally delivered to GM’s Milford Proving Grounds for powertrain development overseen by one Zora Arkus-Duntov. It featured a 1964 fuelie motor, a 5 speed transmission, and 2-bar knock off wheels.
Among the C3’s were a stunning green 1969 coupe enhanced by Motion Performance and a wild 1976 coupe designed by GM’s Bill Mitchell and his wife which was powered by a LT-2 454CI engine. The last C3 shown was a real deal, 1-of-1 Greenwood GTO. The only one built with a 4-speed transmission.
Fourth generation Corvettes were represented by a red 1990 Mears / Shinoda ZR-1, a 1991 Lingenfelter widebody, and a rare Gulstrand GS90 Nassau Roadster. The carbon fiber bodied GS90 was the 2nd of 9 cars built that year.
Wrapping up the Significant Corvettes of the Past display was a Torch Red 2014 Lingenfelter Stingray. The C7 featured 624hp and 600ft-lbs of torque from a supercharged LT-1. It also featured American Racing headers, CORSA Performance exhaust, and the Lingenfelter Trim Package.
The Significant Corvettes of the Past display at the Detroit Autorama showcased high end aftermarket Corvettes covering 61 years of production. If couldn’t make it to the Motor City last weekend don’t worry because we’ve got your back. Our gallery of this fascinating display is below.