Purists, look away now, but if you're the kind of guy who likes a little edge in his hobby cars, this 1960 Chevrolet Corvette definitely delivers. From the fuelie powerplant to the kickin' satin black paint job, this 'Vette is all about bad attitudes and burning rubber.
We warned you, this sucker isn't Buz and Tod's shiny ride, it's a lot more sinister, as if period hot-rodders had built a new Corvette. If we'd described a satin black Corvette to you, you probably couldn't imagine it looking this cool, and now that you've seen it, you have to admit that it works really well. It's still 100% Corvette, with no modifications or deletions, and the work is extremely high quality; this is not some cheap primer job because the guy didn't have the money to do it right. Fit and finish are quite good and the satin black paint has a uniform sheen that's hard to do if you're not familiar with the technique. There was obviously a lot of time invested in the fiberglass bodywork, mostly because they knew everyone would be checking this car out, and the results speak for themselves. The bright chrome and stainless trim was all polished up before being reinstalled, creating a fantastic contrast that really makes this car look spectacular. Everyone knows what it is, but they all do a double-take when they see it. Too cool.
The interior is pretty standard Corvette fare, with reproduction black bucket seat covers, fresh black carpets, and stylish door panels that really dress things up. That steering wheel closely replicates the original, although it's a bit smaller in diameter and is now wrapped in black leather, making it a lot easier to grab. Factory instruments monitor the hot small block and it has a correct 6500 RPM redline tachometer, indicative of the high-revving fuel injected motor. There is no radio, just a cool block-off plate with the Chevrolet script on it, which somehow seems fitting for this car. The 4-speed manual is topped by an 8-ball shift knob and you'll note it carries OEM-style carpets for a factory touch. It's minimalist, but it does include a removable hardtop (also painted satin black) as well as a folding black vinyl convertible top. The trunk is also correctly finished with a rubber mat.
Power is from a 327 cubic inch V8 topped by a Rochester fuel injection system that makes this early 'Vette a genuine thrill ride today. It's beautifully detailed under the hood, offering finned valve covers with Corvette script, Chevy Orange paint, and, of course, the fuel injection unit up top. There's a big aluminum radiator up front to keep it cool, which is smart, yet it still uses the original generator to make electricity. The 4-speed slices through the gears with ease and the rear end is full of punchy gears that make it feel quick around town. The suspension has obviously been lowered a bit, which gives it a nasty rake, and disc brakes have been added up front to improve stopping performance. A correct reproduction exhaust system sounds right and never gets obnoxious, and there are recent shocks all around. Standard steel wheels were painted satin black to match the bodywork, then fitted with simple hubcaps and whitewall radials to complete the period hardcore look.
This isn't a Corvette for everyone, but the guys who appreciate the look are going to love it. If that's you, don't wait, call now!