One of the world’s premier Chevy Corvette restomod creators is a gentleman named Jeff Hayes. Mr. Hayes has built several Mid Year (1963 to 1967) Corvettes, all of which have traded hands well into the six-figure range. Our feature car today is one of his exceptional builds.
The appeal of restomods is obvious, particularly to those of us who are aging and find that looking cool is almost as important as being comfortable. True, old Chevy Corvettes have a style all their own. There is a reason they are the single most collected car in America. But the ride leaves a bit to be desired, most of the early Corvettes do not have power steering or power brakes, much less air conditioning, power seats, decent stereos or infotainment systems, or any of the other niceties modern cars offer. For some, the answer is to teach an old dog new tricks with a full-blown restoration and modification, AKA the restomod.
Our feature Chevy Corvette Split Window Coupe has been built to an exceeding standard. The exterior has been lovingly refinished in Platinum Metallic base coat/clear coat paint with far superior gloss than the original Daytona Blue finish. The chrome bumpers appear as new and the stainless windshield and rear window trim has been polished to a fault. Windshield wipers have been eliminated, replaced by chrome caps.
Under the Chevy Corvette’s electrically operated hood is a surgical theater-clean engine bay. The original Small Block has been replaced by the 6.2-liter LS-based crate engine generating a robust 495 horsepower. It is fed by a satin-finish TSP Velocity fuel injection and intake. A 4L70E four-speed automatic transmission feeds power from the LS to a Corvette C6 Dana 44 differential. A modern aluminum radiator and electric fan help keep things cool. Spent gasses are exhaled through a set of side-mounted exhaust pipes. A Wilwood power brake booster feeds the C6 Corvette four-wheel disc brakes. Modern air conditioning has been fitted.
A stunning Coffman Corvette chassis has replaced the stocker, allowing the Chevy Corvette to utilize modern components. The rack-and-pinion steering is from a C5 Corvette, as is the front suspension. The rear suspension is pure C6 Corvette. The chrome-finished wheels are from a C7 Corvette Z06, and are wrapped in low-profile Toyo Proxes redline performance rubber.
The interior of the Chevy Corvette is awash in bright red leather and carbon fiber trim. Low-back bucket seats have been eschewed in favor of sculpted high backs covered in French-stitched leather. The dash cascades are covered in the same radiant hides, as are the door panels. The dash has been covered with glossy carbon fiber that surrounds AutoMeter American Muscle gauges. The Lokar shifter has a red leather shift boot. Carbon fiber covers the console where the bright chrome window switch is located. LED lighting is located throughout the Split Window’s cabin.
This stunning 1963 Chevy Corvette Split Window Coupe Restomod is being offered by RK Motors Charlotte for $424,900.