Owner Drives 14,000 Miles In His 1961 Corvette Over One Summer1
Most people don’t put 14,000 miles on their car in one summer, particularly when their car is a 1961 Chevrolet Corvette, but then again, Dick Kvamme isn’t most people. The owner of Best of Show Coach Works in Escondido, Calif., Kvamme spends his spare time driving his blue restomod C1 Corvette all over the country.
Super Chevy reports that power for the Corvette comes from a ZZ4 350 General Motors crate engine. With some minor modifications, Kvamme was able to wrestle 413 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque from the V8 engine. That power is put to the ground via a TCI Automotive 700-R4 transmission connected to a Currie 9-inch positraction rear end. The addition of a custom front suspension and a set of big Wilwood brakes provides modern handling and stopping power.
The Corvette has also proven to be incredibly reliable. Kvamme notes that besides a fuel vapor lock issue while driving through Colorado, the Corvette has been a dependable travel companion – no wonder why he put so many miles on it.
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Well, it’s like I always say, they don’t build them like they used to