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The story of this 1959 Chevrolet Corvette begins around 5 years ago when the car was purchased by the current owner from a small town in Redding, California. He imported the car himself, and once it arrived home, he quickly realised the romance of the car didn’t necessarily align with the driving experience.
The car was taken off the road and began the restomod build process which took place over approximately 3½ years. To start, the car was stripped down to bare chassis where a Jim Meyer racing front end was installed. The front end upgrade included rack and pinion power steering, Wilwood disc brakes, Viking tubular control arms and coilover shocks. The rear of the car was converted from leaf springs to a four-link coilover setup and a 9” diff was cut down to size and installed with 3.5 Posi gears and Wilwood disc brakes. The original old school style carburetted engine was removed in favour of a late model, LS1 Engine. Before the motor went in it received a new COMP camshaft, new lifters, and valve springs. A FiTech injection system and intake were installed with a FiTech fuel pod located in the boot. A brand new 5-speed Tremec manual gearbox was chosen along with a McLeod hydraulic clutch setup. A Meziere electric water pump and new radiator were installed with twin electric thermo fans to keep everything cool. A new fuel tank was also added to suit the EFI setup. Custom extractors and a 2½” exhaust system give the engine a nice little growl. The car was placed on a chassis dyno where it made 400hp at the rear wheels.
Finally, the body was smoothed and painted in PPG metallic silver paint in Brisbane. Body modifications are minimal with just a delete of the side cowl trim for a more modern look. The chrome work around the car has been nicely refinished and the car has both soft and hard tops available with it. The restomod look is completed by a set of Intro billet wheels that the car sits down nice and low over.
The interior of the car has been totally retrimmed in the factory pattern and the red vinyl offsets perfectly against the silver paint work. The car’s electrical system was completely rewired. An Ididit steering column and billet steering wheel are front and centre. All the interior parts were supplied directly from Corvette Central in the USA. Handbrake is electric Mica from the USA and is operated using a toggle switch under the dash. There is a hand controller for the FiTech management in the cabin if you want to keep a closer eye on what is happening under the hood. The battery has been relocated to the boot with an isolation switch. It should be noted that the factory style gauges are not currently functional and may require some attention. All the work on this car has been done locally in Brisbane and there is a QLD Mod plate in trunk.