Heartland Customs unveiled their latest masterpiece at the SEMA show on Tuesday. The deep red 1971 coupe with Steel Cities Gray accents is appropriately named “Stingray” and was custom built for a customer of theirs. It will be on display throughout this week in the CTEK booth at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.
The Stingray is powered by a LS7 crate engine with a Magnussen TVS2300 Supercharger mounted on top. The car will hit the dyno after SEMA, but the team estimates that it’ll make about 700 horsepower. The motor is mated to a T56 six-speed manual transmission with a short throw shifter for fast cog swapping. C6 Z06 brakes with 6 piston calipers help bring all that power to a stop while a modern suspension keeps the car attached to the road. Rack and pinion steering and electronic ride control add to the Stingray experience.
The dark red paint was named Georgia red in honor of the customer’s granddaughter and is complemented by Steel Cities Gray stripes. Over 100 body modifications, most too small to be noticeable from a stock 1971 Corvette, make up the unique exterior appearance. Some of those teaks include removing the T-Top bar to create a targa top, CNC milled front grills that now house the LED headlights, CNC milled side gills that feature integrated LED turn signals, and custom CNC milled Stingray emblems.
The swoopy C3 body sits on Heartland’s SPECVETTE chassis built by the Roadster Shop. One-off CNC milled wheels by EVOD sit inside the 4 fenders and wear Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires – 245 x 8″ up front and massive 345 x 12″ out back.
Inside the C3 features a fully modern interior by Compton’s Custom Interiors with cues taken from the current C7 Corvette. Features like Heads up Display (HUD), RFID locks, ignition, auto fading interior lights, and a fully interactive touch screen make you forget that this car is 44 years old. Even the modern Corvette touch door handles light up when activated. There are no switches on the dash, everything is activated via the touch screen. Given that the Stingray’s owner is from Texas, there’s even a secret compartment (like the current Stingray) where he keeps a handgun just in case. Although, that’s not a secret anymore since we just told you about it.
Heartland Customs’ Stingray is a modern interpretation of the time honored 3rd generation Corvette Design. Keep an eye out on the show circuit and the various Corvette magazines as you’re sure to be seeing more of this car in the near future. Meanwhile enjoy our gallery of the Stingray below.
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