This 1964 Corvette couldn’t have known what awaited when it rolled out of the St. Louis factory more than 55 years ago.
But now, as the 2020 SEMA360 Show draws to an end today – being held strictly online Nov. 2-6 in the midst of this COVID era, we see this beautiful C2 Sting Ray has undergone a host of massive upgrades and has been rewarded by being chosen as one of the 12 finalists for the prestigious Battle of the Builders award.
Though the car retains its stock appearance for the most part, builder Kuhnhausen Metal Concepts in Creswell, Oregon has spared no expense bringing it into the 21st century with a vengeance.
That work includes a GM 6.2-liter LT4 V8 crate engine hooked to a 4L75E four-speed automatic transmission. We aren’t told how much horsepower this powerplant generates, but it’s at least 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Kuhnhausen also added a lightweight QA1 carbon fiber driveshaft and Strange S60 differential.
Elsewhere, they started the action with a full Art Morrison chassis, then added double adjustable coilovers and six-piston Wilwood brakes with 14-inch rotors at all four corners. In keeping with that stock appearance, Forgeline LS3 three-piece wheels with real knock-off tri-bars rest inside huge Michelin 345/19 rear and 295/19 front tires.
You can get a sneak peek of the car in a video posted on Instagram that shows the Sting Ray being loaded onto a hauler. KMC owner Kyle Kuhnhausen is in LA with 11 “other super talented builders” and says he is “so excited to see what they’ve brought,” adding his congratulations to the others. “It’s quite an honor,” he concludes, “and I’m so pumped to be included.”
Be sure to check out the details on his superb Sting Ray, including underhood gauges, custom fabricated headers and beige-painted supercharger cover.
Good luck to Kuhnhausen at the show!
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Rise n shine! It’s @semashow #battleofthebuilders judging day! I’m out in LA with #ballisticbeige and 11 other super talented builders! I’m so excited to see what they’ve brought and I want to congratulate everyone on the top 12, it’s quite an honor and I’m so pumped to be included! #sema #semashow #sema360 #sema360smc #kuhnhausenmetalconcepts
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