The styling and classic status of the C1 Corvette will surely never run out of style, but its lack of horsepower might need some adjustments for these modern times. For thought, if one had a 1959 Corvette and was looking for more power, what would they do? How about the proven LS-swap treatment?
Based on the findings of LSXTV, that’s what the proud owner of this first generation Corvette did. After 50 years of ownership, the owner decided to create a nine-second drag car out of the once-upon-a-time cruiser. And under the majestic hood of the 3,033-lb (stock) coupe lies an LS2 motor from a C6 Corvette pushing 400 hp and 400 lb-ft. of torque. To control all of that extra oomph, the engine is paired with C6 chassis components and a tubular front end. The added components turn this C1 Corvette into the ultimate classic sleeper.
Purists may argue that the stock C1 Corvette was more than enough for a classic car and it shouldn’t have been modified. Others can argue that by adding components from the C6 Corvette the vehicle now has another dimension. Either way, no one can argue with the ability of GM’s LSx engines as a candidate for swaps.