Last week we shared the Corvette Hall of Fame induction video with Chevrolet dealer and Corvette enthusiast Rick Hendrick. In that video, Rick mentions his first Corvette, a 1963 Convertible several times. That was the car he was driving when he went on his first date with his wife, Linda. It’s also the car that that he sold to help buy his first Chevrolet dealership. We all know how well that deal worked out.
Like many owners who have loved and then parted with their first Corvette, Rick never forgot about that special 1963 Sting Ray and after 15 years or so he was able to successfully track down and repurchase it.
And now this is where the story takes a turn that only a Corvette enthusiast could appreciate.
Like a good collector does with a special engine he wants to keep, the chassis and fuel injected motor was separated from the body of the car and is now stored safely. But instead of sitting in some warehouse somewhere all covered up, Rick has turned it into the ultimate conversation piece as it now serves as the underpinnings of a really cool glass conference table in his office.
The black convertible body of the Sting Ray was recently mated to a restomod chassis with a ZR1’s LS9 supercharged engine. Despite some changes like a 1967 Stinger hood, really huge brakes and taller aftermarket Corvette seats, Rick’s Corvette looks fairly original to the untrained eye.
Rick’s new old Corvette’s transformation into the 638 horsepower restomod was completed just in time for the trip to the induction ceremony at the National Corvette Museum and so they did a special reveal of the car in the NCM Skydome.
One of the special guests at the NCM that day was country singer Brad Paisley who was in Bowling Green to watch his Corvette Z06 being built at the factory across the street. Never letting a good entertainer go to waste, Brad jumped in and helped Rick reveal his newly reimagined Corvette.
It was as a very good week for both Mr. Hendrick and Brad Paisley when it comes to their Corvette passions. We hope that both Corvette enthusiasts will soon be driving and enjoying their new Corvettes!
[VIDEO] Rick Hendrick’s Corvette Hall of Fame Induction Video
[VIDEO] Rick Hendrick Takes Delivery of His VIN 001 2015 Corvette Z06 at the Corvette Museum
The Story Behind Rick Hendrick’s 1967 Corvette Convertible