The great thing about Corvette is it’s ability to be many things to many people. Racers, autocross dudes, speed junkies and show and shine folks. The Corvette is also a great palette for fluffing the already fine plumage that comes standard from the factory.
Transforming a Corvette into a sybaritic buggy for two may seem sacrilegious to some, but we say one of the reasons we love Corvette is for the sheer, visual joy of just looking at it. Inside and out.
Corvettes up to the C7 have never been known for European style coachwork but the newest ‘Vette, especially the latest versions have come as close as ever thought possible.
Corvette is already available from General Motors with cut and sewn interiors, custom color and material choices and an almost infinite amount of personalization straight from the factory.
If the current, standard fare from Corvette still isn’t ritzy enough, a custom coachwork company from the Great White North is just the ticket you’ve been looking for.
According to the company’s website,“Caravaggio Corvettes specializes in the custom modification of late model Corvettes. Based out of Concord, Ontario, owner John Caravaggio prides himself on creating bespoke Corvettes, right down to the smallest details.
Through cutting edge developments in car craftsmanship, Caravaggio Corvettes has designed a unique exterior that sets this featured Corvette apart from any other sports car on the road. The custom blue carbon fiber Aero Kit plays off of the interior carbon accents, while giving the exterior of the car a captivating look.”
The interior is an exercise in indulgent luxury. Every panel is meticulously stitched in furniture grade blue and white leather. Be sure and check out cargo area and custom sewn floor mats
While the emphasis is on the fantastic coachwork and exterior finery, the mechanicals have been breathed on as well.
Without sacrificing finesse, Caravaggio Corvettes has taken the factory 650hp engine, and revved it up to 730hp with 730 pounds of torque. This power improvement was achieved via the installation of under drive pulleys, proprietary engine management, a cold air intake and a set of stainless steel long tube headers.
Caravaggio can upgrade an existing Corvette as well in most any color and material scheme you could dream up. Caravaggio has been tweaking ‘Vettes since 1986 so he knows a thing or two about suiting up a ‘Vette in fancy threads.
Even though the company specializes in C5s and later models, we think the Caravaggio treatment would be great on a C4, especially later models with the curved, wraparound dash. The plastic is bad in this era of ‘Vette, so adding leather to all interior surfaces, would eliminate one of the major stumbling points of the fourth generation ‘Vette.
On second thought, the caliber of work Caravaggio offers isn’t cheap and might not be cost effective on a $10K used C4, although an upgrade to a ZR1, ’96 Collector Edition or Grand Sport could more likely be rationalized.
If all this turns you on, check out Caravaggio’s website and see how these guys take a run-of-the-mill, stock Corvette and turn it into a unique, one-off rolling piece of art work.