This 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible may look like a classic
C1, but as you dig deeper, you'll see the fuel-injected V8,
overdrive transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, and fully
independent suspension of the C4. So that makes for a slick
restomod with all the best modern luxuries and awesome moves on the
For many of us, 1959 is the ideal place to start a restomod build.
The first-gen Corvette was in a sweet spot where it had been
updated to the commanding quad headlight front end, but the rear
still had the classic angular style. It was a blending of vintage
and new that is the overall theme of this custom build. You see it
in the paint where it utilizes the classic white with red coves.
The factory offered this two-tone, but in reverse order. So you get
the right style, but in a unique way that signals to other Corvette
fans to pay extra attention. There are all the right timeless
elements, like the split bumper front end and toothy grille giving
a 10,000-watt smile. There's even more mirror-like brightwork
running up the fenders and the side. And it all ends with the
artful rear bumper. All this polish is taken up a notch by C5
Z06-style wheels... and they also hint at the performance
There's a new red soft top that goes nicely with the side covers.
But for true distinction, you'll love going with no roof at all.
That's because the full custom interior also follows the red and
white theme of the exterior, too. This is a fully upgraded package,
but it's done with thoughtful integration. So the low-back bucket
seats have better contouring than you got in '59, but they still
fit within the contoured tonneau. They've added modern luxuries
like a cup holder center console, power windows, an alarm, and an
AM/FM/CD stereo. Plus, cold-blowing air conditioning is great for a
convertible like this. The gauges are the classic Corvette layout
with large speedo and central tach. They are now joined by upgrades
like a Lokar-style shifter and smaller diameter sports steering
wheel that look like the classic unit.
Just like the rest of this custom build, the engine bay had a solid
investment in creating an upgraded package. There's a good polish
on many components, but what people will really notice is the
distinct TPI fuel injection made famous in the C4 Corvette. This
350 cubic-inch V8 also exhales with added power thanks to shorty
headers feeding the dual exhaust. Out on the road, this handles
like no C1 that you know, and the undercarriage photos tell you
why. This has a fully independent suspension similar to the C4.
Plus, you have four-wheel power disc brakes, power steering, modern
sport tires, and a smooth-shifting four-speed automatic
transmission with highway-friendly overdrive. So this is the C1
that will have you instantly thinking about the Power Tour.
Complete with title documentation, this is the classic look you
love, and the modern upgrades that will make you love driving this.
So if you're looking for one classic for both show AND go, call