Yesterday’s unveiling of Jimmie Johnson’s 1971 Corvette at the SEMA Show was a neat presentation of old and new. The NASCAR champion worked with Chevrolet to produce a resto-mod that maintained the integrity of Chevrolet’s 1970-72 vision with some subtle styling updates from the current C7 Stingray.
Maybe you’re saying, “Psha! How dare he ruin a classic Corvette!” but perhaps a glance at the below video will show you how Johnson approached the project while maintaining the spirit of what a 1971 Corvette is all about − stuff like the hood, striping, and the like.
It’s not too often that builders update cars and avoid anachronisms of style, but we’ve gotta give kudos to Johnson for keeping classic car folks happy while creating a vehicle that satisfies the best that technology has to offer (courtesy of Chevrolet Performance, of course!).