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Corvette Resto-mods - Yes or No

What's your view or thoughts about Corvette Resto-mod?

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62 Street Machine

When Barry Blomquist walked into the Roadster Shop in Mundelein, Illinois, the last thing on his mind was starting another project. He was just there to pick up some parts to continue working on his '56 F-1 when he saw a '62 Corvette across the shop floor, and it stopped him in his tracks. He flashed back to high school in the '60s and watching episodes of Route 66, as Tod Stiles and Buz Murdock cruised their Corvette across the country looking for adventure. A first-gen Corvette was every adolescent male's dream, and Barry was no exception.​

One of the bad things about resto-mods is that most of the time they use up good old Corvettes. That means less original Corvettes left for future generations of Corvette buyers.

But I sure like the ones posted here. :w
This '62/C4 Hybrid has all the bells and whistles....

Let's face facts: we live in a throw-away society. What was cutting-edge a year ago is on the scrap heap now. VCR not working? Throw it away and buy a new one. Computer outdated? You could upgrade, but it's usually cheaper to get rid of it and buy the latest and greatest, not to mention the fact that an upgrade-no matter how extensive and costly-probably won't measure up to the newest model. Is your automobile more than a couple of years old? Trade that sucker in! Why fix something that's worn out and outmoded? Why indeed..

1962 Roadster - Vette Magazine
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'67 Resto-mod...

Some people like show cars for their craftsmanship, glossy shine, and flawless detailing. Others like show cars the same way they like looking at a piping-hot steak on a plate. They don't ponder too long before tearing into it, savoring every bit. Ron Johnson doesn't like to stare longingly at his steak; he likes to eat it, and so it is with his beautifully customized '67 midyear. This glistening inky-black roadster looks the part of a show-stopper and is anything but a pampered poodle. The Rockwall, Texas, native isn't known for his cautious driving prowess but rather for standing on the skinny pedal while letting the tires wail.

Custom Resto-mod - Corvette Fever Magazine
'62 Vette-Rod

We've featured Vette-Rods across a span of degrees. We've shown highly modified C1s until you've written us letters. We've covered the development of the C5 from the beginning. But never before has the union of a C5 and a C1 been so seamlessly executed than in Jeff Price's unrivaled Canary Yellow '62 Vette-Rod. Jeff, with the backing of a squadron of highly talented craftsmen and fabricators, has crafted something so purpose-built, so unique, and so wild that we would be remiss not to drool all over it.​

Supercharged C1 - Corvette Fever Magazine

What comes to mind when you see the term mechanical mistress? Do you envision a "project from hell" that consumes all of your available money, spare parts, tools in your shop, and your relationships with everyone you know? In Bill Kroll's case, that phrase was painted in the coves of a '57 Corvette that he bought back in the mid-'70s when he was 19. That wasn't all that was painted on that C1's original fiberglass. "It had a 'psychedelic' paint job on it," he recalls. "It was kind of like a show car, but more of a show car on the outside than underneath. It was a pretty crazy paint job-people either loved it or hated it."

Custom LS1-Powered C1 Vette Rod - Corvette Fever Magazine
Spiced-Up '60 Vette Rod

Of all the paint colors that General Motors (and in particular, Chevrolet) offered across their '60 passenger-car lineup, Cinnamon wasn't one of the eight factory choices on the Corvette. But don't let that keep you from enjoying this Vette Rod. And don't let the C4 chassis on an SRIII round-tube frame stop you either, though the '95 Vette discs at each corner have much more stopping power than any factory '60 Vette brake system offered.

Custom LT1-Powered Vette Rod - Corvette Fever Magazine
YEP - 1 Sweet L@@king '67

Is the Corvette of your dreams one that you'd like to build or restore to your level of perfection, or would you rather your dream Vette be one that you acquire with the work already done? Matt Devlin is a Vette enthusiast who has owned, built, and restored nearly two dozen second-generation Vettes. But one Sting Ray that now graces his Overland Park, Kansas, garage is one that he didn't turn a wrench on. In fact, not only was it a completed car when he got it, it was the ultimate trend-setting, show-stopping Midyear: The first "Pro Classic" Corvette built by Rich Lagasse.

Pro Classic Prototype - Corvette Fever
I voted ,"yes". I remember a quote from Samuel L. Jackson when he was asked why act in the new chapters of Star Wars? And I am paraphrasing here, but he said,'It is not Hamlet...you know? It is not Hamlet!' And what he meant was that hey, why not? It is a job, and it is as an actor, and he just loves to act.

Not all Corvettes were destined to be the coveted model. For example, take any C3 model from 1976 - 1982. Thousends were sold, and very few were limited or special in some original fashion as marketed by GM. A restomod could really make that corvette a nice piece of machinery for fun, collecting, or just to invest in.

Naturally, I would just have a restomod done on a Vette if her original identity is lost (engine, tranny, or even accesories). Otherwise, the sky is the limit. ;)


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