Despite its name, this 1966 Corvette convertible is no diamond in the rough.
This custom pro-tour restomod – nicknamed the “Blue Diamond” – has been buffed, cut, and polished to sheer perfection and is now being offered at no reserve during the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Houston Sept. 16-18.
After ungoing what’s described as a “no-expense-spared” restoration, this beautiful Sting Ray has traveled just 380 miles and naturally remains in show quality condition.
Its body – including a custom subtle widebody fabricated rear end that retains the factory body lines – has been covered in a custom one-of-a-kind Blue Diamond Metallic paint to show-quality standards and is topped with a new white soft top that complements the lower body perfectly.
The interior is just as impressive, where the restorer installed white lambskin leather bucket seats, door panels, and leather dash, along with custom gauges, a new console, an Alpine stereo, and a custom Budnik billet steering wheel and column with tilt.
Under that 1966 big-block hood, accented with a white stinger, rests a powerful LS7 fuel-injected V8 engine connected to a five-speed TKO 600 TREMEC Hurst manual transmission and sidepipes. Just how powerful we’re not told.
A full custom Collier Technologies frame has been installed underneath with C4 custom suspension parts, including custom coilovers “built for the perfect stance making the car handle beautifully,” the listing says.
Stopping power is provided by four-wheel polished SSBC disc brakes that are shown off nicely behind the 18-inch front and 19-inch rear Intro Wheels inside Continental tires.
You’ll also literally be the coolest cat in town, thanks to a custom Vintage Air cooling system with heat option.
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