1965 Convertible Resto-Mod With a 572

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Wikipedia defines the term resto-mod as, “A resto-mod has portions of the car as they were when the car was first offered for sale as well as significant changes (updates). If any part of the car is updated, the car has been ‘resto-modded,’ and not restored, such as ‘a nearly stock-appearing vehicle that has been fitted with late-model chassis, drivetrain, and conveniences.'”

The resto-mod is nothing new to those in the classic and custom car world. As with most things, the resto-mod can be a tough pill to swallow if you’re partial to classics, patina, or concours-level restorations. That being said, many people have “resto-modded” their cars and we have seen some pretty clean executions, this ’65 is no exception.

To many folks, a 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is more of a classic sports car, with the potential for some decent muscle depending on which options it was ordered with. This car still maintains the beautiful lines of the C2 body, while packing some 2015 technology beneath. Nearly two years of body work has resulted in one smooth, silver exterior that is complemented by a classic black interior and some other not-so-subtle updates.

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The interior was crafted using high-grade black leather for the seats and a hand-fabricated sheetmetal dashboard that has been fitted with modern gauges.

The interior was crafted using high-grade black leather for the seats and a hand-fabricated sheetmetal dashboard that has been fitted with modern gauges. The Vette is now housing a 572 cubic inch V8 that sports custom fabricated valve covers, heads, block, and water pump. A custom independent rear suspension was fabricated to handle the power, and is on par with the full-custom chassis.

A custom independent rear suspension was fabricated to handle the power.

Wilwood was selected to slow this Sting Ray down, and six-piston brakes have fit the bill. The fuel injection system is comprised of a billet throttle body, fuel rails and intake trumpets. The last of which help let others know this Vette was built for business.

This Vette is now housing a 572 cubic inch V8 mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

Billet Specialties created the 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels that have been wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, the same tire that the C7 Stingray sports today. You have probably noticed that the tires are quite massive, and we’d imagine you can use every inch of them to keep this 572-powered Sting Ray firmly planted.

Adjustable coilovers sit on all corners, which serve several purposes. Most importantly, they give the driver a simple, consistent way of adjusting the rebound and compression for optimal ride and handling. Secondly, they allow the owner to achieve their desired stance, down to the most minute of adjustments.

If you have the desire and the means, you are in luck. This ’65 will be rolling across the block at the 2015 Mecum Monterey Auction, held between August 13 – 15. Hard to say what a custom car like this will bring, but we will pleasantly waiting to find out.

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About the author

Brent Davis

Brent was born and raised in Southern California. After earning a Bachelors Degree in business marketing from California State University San Marcos, and a project management certificate from the University of California at San Diego, he decided to turn a lifelong passion for automobiles and motorsports into a career. Brent has a specific passion for diesel-powered and all-terrain vehicles that have helped him haul and recover recreational toys over the years.
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