Chip Foose rose to fame on Discovery Channel’s reality television series Overhaulin’ and is now one of the more well-known custom car builders in the United States that is still active. Foose’s custom builds typically feature simplified styling with shaved bumpers, widened fenders and, perhaps most notably, large custom alloy wheels with vintage-inspired designs.
Foose has built all sorts of incredible General Motors vehicles over the years and recently set about redesigning a 1962 Chevrolet Corvette C1 for a customer named Gary. In typical Foose fashion, he immediately set to work making a number of major modifications to the classic sports car’s body, adding wider rear quarter panels, more pronounced front fenders, redesigned headlight moldings and a custom front fascia, which together give the vehicle a cleaner and more cohesive appearance compared to the stock first-generation Corvette.
This Corvette also receives an Art Morrison chassis, a modern GM 4L75E four-speed automatic transmission, full Magnaflow exhaust, BASF Glasurit gloss black paint and custom Foose wheels. The addition of these modifications will be documented on Chip Foose’s YouTube channel over the course of the next few weeks and months. Builds such as this, with their extensive amount of custom bodywork, usually take a long time to complete, so it’s always nice to see them come together in just a few minutes in video series like this or TV shows like Overhaulin’. Building custom cars is a tricky task, but it all seems pretty easy when watching on from the other side of the screen.
We’ll continue to follow this series as this custom-built Corvette C1 progresses, but for now, check out Part 1 in the video embedded just below.