It doesn’t always take a translator to understand the beauty and performance of a custom Corvette.
Take this 1967 convertible restomod prepared by Karl Geiger of GeigerCars, for instance.
We found this beautiful car on a website that turned out to be written in German, but thanks to the good folks at Google Translate tool, we were able to decipher most of the story into English – at least a close and sometimes humorous facsimile anyway.
This Corvette was “born” (at least that’s how the translation came out – and in many ways that sounds more emotional than “manufactured” or “assembled,” doesn’t it?) in St. Louis in 1967, but Dieter Rotter of GeigerCars spent thousands of hours giving it a rebirth into an “over-car” – which we assume might be better translated as a “supercar.”
After all, that description is very fitting as the new big block engine and its 9.1 liters (555 cubic inches) produce a whopping 739 horsepower, connected to a six-speed gearbox. As the story says, muscle strength in the left leg is useful to kick the clutch “just as the muscles in the arms should not be too weak to encourage the mounted 285 slippers to move.” We’re assuming slippers are tires, which along with the rims come from the Corvette ZR1.
The car features a specially designed one-piece bonnet, er, hood, which can be folded forward with the fenders, similar to the Jaguar E-Type and the C4 Corvette. Under that hood, the engine almost completely fills the space, with Rotter explaining that room was so tight, even the battery had to be moved behind the front passenger seat.
The Dominator carburetor from Holley features open injectors, and “the whole thing looks like a small four-jet fountain and is a spectacle beyond compare,” the story praises.
Once the eight cylinders are up and running, a conversation is possible only with increased volume. But as the author writes, who wants to chat when an eight-cylinder with up to 6,400 RPMs produces a sound like a Richard Wagner opera through the fat side pipes.
The author describes his time behind the wheel, where he sat “in the quite comfortable seats” all the while seeing “that I do not let the gas foot be too heavy. After all, we both need to get a bit warm together and my driving license is extremely important to me,” he writes.
The Corvette goes from 0 to 100 km/h in about 4 seconds, with a top speed of 270 km/h.
Rotter says they replaced the entire suspension with a kit from Corvette America, the high quality of which is clearly noticeable, the author writes.
“After a few kilometers of ultimate fresh air, the weather played perfect on our exit, I drove the dragster back into the halls of GeigerCars,” the author concludes. “The babbling of the 9.1 liters still in my ears, I handed Karl Geiger the key with a promise to borrow this particle again for a sharp ride.”
We may have missed a few words in the translation, but the emotion of a Corvette is evident no matter the language!
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