We’ve already shown you the wild Split Ray radical custom 1966 Corvette which was revealed at Detroit Autorama last weekend. That crazy cool C2 was joined in the Great 8 by this stunning red 1954 custom C1. Eloquently called Transitions, the first generation Corvette was built as a tribute to the 1954 Motorama show car with full dose of modern technology.
Transitions was built by Larry Griffey’s Hot Rods and Restorations in Knoxville, TN and was being shown by owners Larry and Robbie Griffey. The car now rides on a heavily modified Jamison chassis and sports a narrowed C4 Corvette suspension. It’s powered by an Edelbrock LS1 engine which is backed by a 4L60E automatic transmission. The auto transmission setup was designed to be easily swapped in favor of a 6-speed manual unit.
Front tires are 18″ and the rears are 20″. The BF Goodrich rubber wraps Billet Specialist wheels on all 4 corners. Ridetech suspension and 14″ Baer brakes keep Transitions planted to the road. The body features a tapered body drop. 1″ was removed at the rear slowly increasing to 2 ¼” at the front. It was also widened 1 ¾” at the front growing to 3″ at the rear. The cowl and rear hatch areas were modified in order to fit a 1956 windscreen and hardtop. For increased safety, hidden steel reinforcements were mounted inside the body. Ingenious illuminated side spears inform viewers of the supercharged power plant under the hood.
Inside we find a custom interior that pays tribute the original 1954 Corvette and Motorama car. Cool ambient lighting emits from the doors and dash. Air conditioning and power windows keep passengers cool while cruising.
We don’t see a lot of early C1 custom Corvettes on the show circuit. Transitions is easily one of the best ones we’ve ever seen. Most of the modifications are subtle, but they all add up to one very impressive package. Enjoy our Transitions photo gallery below.
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