Automotive designer and builder extraordinaire Chip Foose is back with another video showing him drawing a car. We last featured a similar video where he sketched out a C5 Corvette almost a year ago and this time, the star of Overhauling goes to work on one of his favorite Corvettes of all time, the 1963 Corvette Split-window Coupe.
Chip says he has loved the 1963 Corvette since he was a kid and the fact that the one-year-only design debuted the same year that he was born makes it even more special for him. Yet, Chip says he has never owned one…yet. But if offered the ability to customize the car, the designer does what he does best, reimagining the Corvette as a streamlined restomod to create a vehicle you can just jump in and go.
For you purists out there, Chip says he wouldn’t mod just any 1963 Corvette and says that if a survivor came into his shop, his recommendations would be to keep the car stock, “I wouldn’t mess with it,” says Chip. For a non-stock 1963 Corvette build, Chip tells us he would go with “a Roadster Shop chassis under it…with a killer motor and then drop the thing right down on the ground and do a really cool set of larger diameter wheels and low-profile tires.”
As he sketches his design (with a Bic ballpoint pen of all things) he talks about the 1963 Split Window and some of the history of the car. He also offers some other edits he would do like getting rid of the vent windows and deleted the chrome on the A-Pillar. After his first drawing, he then starts making his subtle changes to the car like sweeping back the doors and rear back deck and other improvements to “streamline” the car.
One his line drawing is completed, Chip goes to the markers and begins to really fill out the car with the shading and characteristics of a Silver exterior. With the drawing now showing some real definition, he continues to pull out various markers and even a small paintbrush as he colors in the polished wheels and adds additional highlights.
When Chip is finally finished with the drawing, he adds his name to the photo, and then once again goes through his reasoning on why he made certain changes as well as the certain elements of the stock ’63 Corvette that really speak to him. Fans of the designer will really enjoy the video so if you’re a fan of the man or the car, make sure to give it a watch as you won’t be disappointed!
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