According to Wikipedia, “Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was an Italian painter active in Rome, Naples, Malta, and Sicily between 1592 and 1610. His paintings, which combine a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of lighting, had a formative influence on Baroque painting.”
John Caravaggio is the name of the man who uses the Chevrolet Corvette as his canvas, and while he may be working nearly 400 years later, his work could be viewed as no less dramatic.
Caravaggio Corvettes is a customization shop that picks up on design and performance where the guys in Bowling Green left off. As with any unique styling concepts, theses cars are not everyone’s cup of tea, and certainly aren’t for the Corvette purists among us.
The Caravaggio garage produces a host of custom touches from wide-body Corvettes to performance enhancements, to exotic interiors. Caravaggio has been operating for years, though he most recently laid his paint gun upon a C7 Z06 convertible.
This particular Z06 has been given an Edelbrock E-Force Supercharger which you can take an in-depth look at for the C7 Stingray in a previous feature of ours. Katech supplied the team with ported heads and an upgraded cam to produce even more power, all of which runs through a set of stainless headers. The factory hood seemingly didn’t accept the new supercharger, so Caravaggio used their very own hood and a “Big Mouth” vent.
According to our friends over at CorvetteBlogger, the car was completely taken down and repainted in a custom color known as Ferrari Avorio; a sort of creme, off-white, Swiss Coffee combination. The bulge in the hood is represented with a matte or satin back stripe which aesthetically makes the rise seem less prominent than it were if painted in a single color. A Stage 2 aero kit also adorns this Z06, which is painted in the same black as the hood’s center section and the sideview mirrors.
When combined with an already exotic looking body style and wheel design, the car really begins to take on a European style further combining power and luxury. That being said, the most noticeable change is only visible to the outside world when you decide to put the top down. Nearly every inch of the interior has been transformed utilizing rich, dark brown, and creme leathers. The seat stitching is quite unique, and can also be found in the Ferrari 599 Aperta.
The guys at Caravaggio even went so far as to cover many trim panels of the interior in a brown carbon fiber to bring back that high-performacne touch, and accent the Alcantara used in place of the factory carpet materials. Again we know it’s not everyones bag, but it appears to have been built to a high level of craftsmanship and we think it really looks clean.