The split-window 1963 C2 Chevy Corvette is undoubtedly one of the hottest pieces of automotive design ever produced, and now, The Roadster Shop is giving this stunner the full restomod treatment, including 650 horsepower and a modern chassis, as seen in the following seven-minute, 15-second feature video.
Although modifying a split-window 1963 C2 Chevy Corvette is tantamount to blasphemy in most enthusiast circles, The Roadster Shop is keeping this one clean and tasteful, without overdoing it in any one area. Outside, we spot some Forgeline RS6 knock-off wheels between a set of side pipes, with the six-spoke rollers finished in black to complement the paint.
The black-out theme continues in the cabin, where Avant Garde installed brand-new upholstery for the factory seats. The upholstery was also applied to the new door panels, and incorporates light contrast stitching that sets it off nicely. The driver grips a Nardi steering wheel with a wood finish, while details include toggle switches, aluminum panels, and one-off instrumentation from Dakota Digital.
Making this C2 Corvette move is a supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 gasoline engine, the same V8 found in the C7-generation Corvette Z06, the Chevy Camaro ZL1, and the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing. Output is measured at a heady 650 horsepower, which is more than enough for this 3,200-pound classic. Sending the power rearwards is the T56 Magnum manual six-speed transmission from Tremec.
Under those gorgeous body panels, this C2 Corvette runs Roadster Shop’s Fast Track chassis, and features an independent rear suspension and narrow track up front and in back, narrowing track width to about 55 inches in order to accommodate rear wheels with an extra bit of a lip. Baer brakes haul it down.
Overall, it’s hard to find fault with this build, as it combines the best of new and old in a tasty puree. Hit play on the video below to take a ride in the passenger seat: