If you are looking for the super-cool styling of a Solid Axle Corvette, but don’t want to put up with the absolutely agrarian handling, braking, and ride, you need a restomod like this 1961 Chevy Corvette that just sold for $352,000 at auction.
Restomods have become all the rage in the collector car market over the past several years, as aging collectors have come to prefer the niceties of modern cars, but don’t want to relinquish the styling cool of their beloved classics. This 1961 Chevy Corvette has all the goodies: Full Art Morrison chassis, a Gen V LT1 6.2-liter V8 producing in excess of 450 horsepower, a 4L65E four-speed automatic transmission (sure beats a two-speed Powerglide), C7 Corvette suspension, Wilwood power brakes, Vintage Air, and much more.
The exterior of this 1961 Chevy Corvette has been refinished to a very high standard in a gorgeous dark gray metallic with light gray metallic coves. The gas door just aft of the driver side door has been changed to a round shape from the factory square design. Chrome bumpers, grille teeth, and headlight trim rings have been replated, and all the stainless trim has been quite well polished. The headlights have been changed to Xenon units with LED halo rings. Gone are the painted steel wheels with bias-ply tires, replaced with custom, highly polished billet rims wrapped in low-profile radial rubber. The front Corvette emblem has been glassed over for a smoother appearance. The soft top is a handsome Stayfast done in black Haartz material.
Inside the Chevy Corvette restomod, the interior has been much improved over stock. The firewall has been extended four inches creating much more leg room. The seats, dash, steering wheel, and console are all covered in gray Italian leather. Vintage Air and a double DIN Bluetooth infotainment system have replaced the old heater and AM radio. The carpets are a lustrous light gray with custom Corvette carpet mats. Dakota Digital gauges keep the driver apprised of all the Corvette’s goings-on. The finishes are every inch the measure of modern European sports cars.
The Chevy Corvette restomod’s hood is raised by a Dakota Digital power hood actuator. Beneath the hood, the engine bay is spotless. The LT1 looks as if it was made to fit the space. A large plastic engine cover with “CORVETTE” script has been fitted. The LT1 exhales through a full stainless exhaust. Backing the LT1 is a 4L65E electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission. A Wilwood power brake booster powers the four-wheel disc brakes. The firewall has been smoothed and color matched to the exterior, as have the inner fenders.
The undercarriage of the Chevy Corvette is just as impressive as the top side. A full Art Morrison chassis allows the use of C7 Corvette suspension with adjustable coilovers. The underside of the car has been sprayed with a color-matched Raptor liner. The Wilwood brake discs and calipers are in full view.
This stunning 1961 Chevy Corvette Restomod just sold at the Mecum Auctions Orlando, Florida Summer Special event for an astonishing $352,000 including buyer’s premium. The eye-watering sale price is indicative of the remarkable build quality.