There is a lot of parallel between changing your car and changing your body. Some people like the way their cars and their leather come from the factory. Other people are not happy to look like everyone else. The way they want to make them, and their journey, look personal. This is a completely personal decision and we are absolutely calm with both perspectives.
But just like pricking your tongue or making your eyeballs look like pool balls for a drunken daredevil or for wearing a nose ring through college, away from putting a Nike shaking ink on your buttocks, then letting the hole heal, so this rare 1963 Corvette reminds us. Lets say that for some car modes, there really is no return. Or at least no return without spending a terribly large amount of money to tear up the car and start over.
Paid for sale on Bring a trailer At the auction site earlier this week, the sting ray coupe was sold in the first year of the C2 Corvette, the only year the model featured a split rear window design. Only that visual detail confirms that the Base 1963 Corvette is priced at চমৎকার 140,000 in excellent condition with the Ordinary 250 hp (254 PS) V8, compared to just $ 71,800 for a 1964 car with the same mechanical features but a one-piece rear window. Step up to the L84-code fuel-injected car and the ’63 car costs a further 1 211,000.
But running some fairly radical custom work on this car in the 1970s meant it would never come close to achieving those standards unless it was rebuilt a ground up that could easily cost much more than a বি 56,550 car bid. It was below the seller’s reserve so the car was not sold, but proves how valuable the splits, reserve-not-met price is in a nice, original condition-3 ’64 Corvette does not require any serious work.
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The pictures show that at some point the Corvette had a flared fender and seal, a custom rear end, a flash door handle, a hood bulge, an integrated front air dam and a Le Man-style fuel filler under that iconic split rear window. Completing the 1970s look is a set of 15-inch American racing turbo waxes and a two-piece pop-up sunroof with a tar’n’har. That’s enough to make a C2 fan cry.
But while your most immediate idea may seem to be how embarrassing it is that such a rare and historically important car has been deformed, it will be detrimental to this car’s long, nearly 60-year life and enjoyment. Bring its owners along the way.
It is important to remember that although a ’63 Corvette is rare and valuable, they are not uncommon. Chevy has made over 10,000 of them, and there’s still plenty of primitive things around if you want to see one at a car show or keep it in your garage. And it’s important to remember that when this car was modified in the mid-1970’s, it was just a dated, 12-year-old car.
Moreover, although fairly extreme, and not the kind of thing that can be unbolted to bring the car back to factory features, the modes it got were fashionable at the time. Which probably meant that the car would have cost the driver around a million dollars after its conversion, although one day it could actually be worth half a million dollars if he kept it in standard condition.
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We post regularly about modified cars with modified classic Corvette and usually because we think they look great. But we’re not so stupid that the modes we crave today wouldn’t one day look as embarrassingly terrifying as the orange Toyota Supra driven by Brian in the original Fast and the Furious movie two decades after its creation.
Interestingly, although this Corvette is now red, repainted in 2019, the list includes some pictures showing the work of its original custom paint and looking at how custom vans from the 1970s became so widely available you wonder if it can be restored. . Its 1970s style, like that of Britain’s endangered fans, but once hugely influential Max Power Magazine has rescued 1990s hatchbacks from Lamborghini doors and outrageous bodykits from fashion refinement and proudly brought them back on display.
Whatever the prospective buyer decides to do with the upper part of the C2, he does not have to worry too much about what is happening under the skin unless he wants to start a complete resto. The engine doesn’t seem to be original, but it was rebuilt in 2019, and with the 383 cu inch (6.3 liter) expansion, it should be reasonably punched, with a four-speed manual transmission and limited slip differential has also been rebuilt.
This car is never going to be one for the purists and the changes made to it have undoubtedly lost its value. But if one does not change a car to keep the radical future generation happy beyond half a century, much like the one who does not get ink at the age of 75 because of worries about what their skin might look like, the world would be a very annoying place.
What do you think of the idea of fixing cars that are rare and may one day be collectible, and what do you do for this Corvette? Let us know in the comments.