Finding used parts for a car can be a bit of a pain in the behind, but with the potential to save the builder hundreds or sometimes even thousands of dollars, it’s easy to see why so many classic vehicle owners are constantly on the hunt for a good parts car. The Corvette graveyard that is Contemporary Corvette in Bristol, Pennsylvania makes this process easy for owners of the American sports car, though, giving them a place to easily locate used parts.
Contemporary Corvette was started by Ron DeSmedt after he grew tired of operating his body shop business. A customer had given him a C3 Corvette that was deemed a total loss, which he then placed an ad for in the local paper. After his phone rang off the hook all day and night, he realized there was definitely demand for a Corvette-focused used parts business. Thirty years later, DeSmedt has disassembled countless wrecked Corvettes for parts, helping owners repair and rebuild their own damaged vehicles for a fraction of the cost.
DeSmedt recently caught up with American Collectors Insurance for its YouTube channel, providing it with an in-depth background on Contemporary Corvette and how it came to be what it is today. While he stocks all sorts of different Corvette parts, DeSmedt says that the popularity of General Motors LS V8 engine swaps has kept him particularly busy in recent years. “We probably sell 250 or 300 LS motors a year now,” he explained.
DeSmedt’s business has also given him intricate knowledge of all Corvettes built between 1968 and 2014. He says the C6 Corvette is the hardest to work on of the generations that he deals in, while the C5 Corvette is the easiest. Many C5 Corvette parts are also desirable for restorers and builders, such as the suspension components and seats.
Check out the video embedded below to learn more about Contemporary Corvette and see their impressive (and somewhat sad) Corvette grave yard.