1962 Chevrolet Corvette Resto-Mod - $99,900
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The engine is a stout 327 cubic inch V8 with Holley electronic fuel injection and twin intercooled turbos, all built by noted racer Jeff Lutz of “Street Outlaws.”

Beautifully built pro-touring Corvette roadster. 327 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection and twin turbos, 5-speed manual, 4-wheel disc brakes, power steering, and much more. Gorgeous paint and bodywork. Insanely fast yet remarkably civilized.

This Corvette seems to have spent its entire life going fast. We don’t know what was living under the hood when it was new (a 327 of some sort, of course), but over the years it has been steadily upgraded in the interest of going fast. Sometime in the ‘70s it received an upgraded rear end, which suggests serious blasting powder was on tap, and just a few years ago it was given a full makeover to take it to the next level. Obviously Corvettes don’t rust, but this one has never been wrecked so the substrate is straight and didn’t need a lot of massaging to look as good as it does. The doors fit well enough to close with just gentle pressure and both the hood and deck lid sit flush with the bodywork. The paint is a gorgeous metallic burgundy that really glows out in the sun and it looks right on the Corvette’s traditional bodywork. No graphics, no modifications, no shaved emblems, just a traditional Corvette look with a wicked stance. You’ll also note it carries high-quality chrome bumpers, fresh emblems, and those unique side gills are in excellent shape. Few cars attract attention in our showroom like this beautiful solid-axle ‘Vette.

The interior was restored to mostly factory spec, and that’s a good thing. Everything inside is brand new, including the seat covers, door panels, and carpets, and the reproduction pieces are the good stuff—just check out the details on the door panels. Factory gauges were rebuilt and connected to the twin turbo mill, along with an Auto Meter tach neatly integrated into the original dash. They’re all visible through the spokes of a slightly smaller diameter steering wheel that mimics the original design. There’s also an upgraded AM/FM/cassette stereo head unit that looks right in the vintage Corvette, and it’s joined by the original clock and an Auto Meter boost gauge in the center, giving passengers a hint of what’s to come. The shifter pokes through the floor and you’ll note that there are five gears available rather than the usual four, and the Tremec unit underneath shifts beautifully. Seat belts were added (good idea!) and there are monogrammed floor mats to dress things up a big. There’s storage space behind the seats because this is one of those Corvettes that was ordered without a soft top, but there is a color-matched and restored hard top included with the car. The trunk is also finished to stock specs, although the battery was tucked away back here to make room for the turbos up front. Nice!

OK, let’s get to the hardware. The engine is a stout 327 cubic inch V8 with Holley electronic fuel injection and twin intercooled turbos, all built by noted racer Jeff Lutz of “Street Outlaws.” The hardware just works, because it starts quickly and easily, idles well, and drives extremely well. The turbos stay out of the way until you really lean on it, but then you can really hear them coming. You get half a heartbeat to sort out your affairs and then all 500+ horsepower show up ready to fight and the Corvette lunges forward on a towering wave of boost. But the nice thing is that if you stay out of the boost, it’s content to idle in traffic and just cruise around town, and the turbos keep things nice and quiet so it’s quite pleasant on the highway. There’s also a giant aluminum radiator with electric fan, lots of chrome and aluminum dress-up, and a custom intake to keep it all under the stock hood. Boost is set at a modest 8 PSI so it’s pump gas friendly. The exhaust system feeds both turbos and then dumps into downpipes with wastegates and finally a pair of stainless mufflers. The aforementioned Tremec 5-speed has the right ratios and a tall overdrive, so it’s relaxed at speed and we believe there are 3.23 gears in the rear end, which really make the most of the boosted motor’s torque curve. There’s a big disc brake at all four corners—a good idea given how fast this thing accelerates—and steering is by power rack-and-pinion. 18-inch Boyd Coddington wheels give it the perfect stance and carry 225/40/18 front and 245/45/18 rear Goodyear radials.

Beautifully built with top-notch hardware, this Corvette takes a slightly different path to performance. Complete with all the upgrades, it’s a fantastic driver that brings the heat when needed but remains easy to live with in the real world. That’s the beauty of the resto-mod, so take a look and then give us a call!

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Vehicle: 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Resto-Mod
Price: $99,900
Stock Number: 119110
Odometer Reading: 354 (since built)
VIN: 20867S103000
Engine: 327 cubic inch twin turbo V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Gear Ratio: 3.23
Wheelbase: 102 inches
Wheels: 18-inch Boyd Coddington wheels
Tires: Front: 225/40/18, Rear: 245/45/18 Goodyear radials
Exterior Color: Burgundy
Interior Color: Black vinyl
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