Holy cow! Where’d December go? It’s hard to believe that January 2020 has arrived! Along with that new year comes the annual spectacle that is the January car auctions in Arizona and Florida. We are taking a look at some of the Corvettes up for grabs next month as the auctions approach and first up is this stunning 1963 restomod coupe that’ll be changing hands at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale.
The split window coupe was recently completed by builder Jeff Hayes. The car is finished in fresh Tuxedo Black paint and complemented with a red leather interior. The original body has been massaged with wider rear fenders and sits on top of an Art Morrison sport chassis.
A 495hp LS3 lies under the classic 1963 hood and is bolted to a 4L70E automatic transmission. A Lokar polished shifter helps facilitate gear selection. All that power gets to the ground via custom Schott wheels – 18 inches up front and 20 inches out back. Those wheels are wrapped by Toyo redline tires. Front and rear sway bars plus Strange Engineering self-dampening shocks assist when the road gets twisty. Wilwood brakes bring this beast to a stop thanks to 6-pistons calipers in front and 4-piston units in back. Like any high-end build, this custom C2 also features power steering, power windows, a power hood, and vintage air conditioning.
Inside we find a sea of red leather and aluminum. The red, silver, and black perfectly complement that Tuxedo Black exterior. It’s modern, but still true to the timeless styling of the second-generation Corvette.
This amazing split window coupe is Lot 1363 and will sell on Saturday, January 18th. Builder Jeff Hayes has sold vehicles at Barrett-Jackson in the past for north of $350,000. Given the level of detail and sinister appearance of this build we wouldn’t be surprised to see a number in that range again.
Hat tip to our friend and photographer A.J. Costin for bringing this car to our attention and sharing his fantastic photos with us.
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