I’ll admit that I never heard of ARES Design before seeing this gorgeous 1964 Corvette restomod splashed across the internet. ARES is an Italian firm led by Dany Bahar, former Ferrari VP and Lotus CEO who set up ARES a few years ago as a company that specializes in body kits, interior upgrades and power improvements.
The company has a limited portfolio of coachbuilt cars, but that’s expanding at a rapid rate with 10 new projects promised for 2018. One of their latest builds and the one that caught our eye is the ’64 Sting Ray restomod powered by an LS3 V8.
So many times we see design firms that feel like they have to make their mark on the exterior of a classic car, whereas our opinion is that the Chevrolet got it right the first time. ARES Design apparently feels the same way as the only exterior change is a set of 19/20-inch custom turbine wheels that pay homage to the original finned knock-offs.
The real work came with upgrading the chassis and powertrain to 21st-century components, a process that took about 3,500 hours according to the ARES website. The entire build was completed in about 12 weeks.
The coachbuilt Sting Ray features suspension bits including the C7’s axles and suspension from a 2017 Corvette. Under the hood is a 6.2 liter LS3 crate engine that now produces 585 horsepower and its mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. A stainless steel exhaust system provides that all-American soundtrack while stopping power for the Corvette comes in the form of six-piston calipers. Further modifications upgraded the classic midyear with an electronic parking brake.
Doing what coachbuilders do best, the interior has been fully worked over and features a full leather burgundy interior, all hand-cut and sewn following the original pattern specifications. The effect is a familiar looking interior, yet the cavernous rear storage area of the coupe looks particularly refined as this photo shows.
Further enhancements include an Alpine 500-watt audio system with concealed speakers and an 8-inch subwoofer. The pop-up headlights now use white LED projector beams to light the way.
The ARES Design 1964 Corvette Sting Ray was most likely built for a customer and no pricing or other information about the finished project has been revealed.
Check out some of the other projects completed by ARES Design on their website, https://aresdesign.com/pages/cars.
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