NEW! Award 85: 1972 Chevrolet Corvette Restomod – Sold?

by | Oct 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday, NEW Award

November 14, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Yes, we normally reserve vintage C3 Corvette leads for our Sports Car Saturday theme day. However, this white LS3-powered, 1972 Corvette restomod originally listed in October 2021 on Craigslist in Hanover, Massachusetts (Boston) could not pair any better to the 1972 Chevrolet Vega restomod we also featured the same day. With C1 and C2 Corvette restomods easily fetching six figures these days, it’s not surprising to see the concept starting to trickle into C3s as well. In our minds, however, it begs the question: is what would likely be an incremental improvement in handling and performance worth the premium?

Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Corvette restomod priced nearly nine thousand dollars above this guide’s #1 “Concours” appraisal of $66,000 for a stock example.  Similarly, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask is $35,000 more than this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $39,075 for a stock example. We’re struggling with the idea that the addition of L3 power and suspension components designed for Pro Slalom competition is worth the premium requested.  Consequently, we’re awarding this C2 Corvette our latest “NEW!” (short for “No Effin Way!”) Award as we’re just not sure all of the improvements make this ride a $75,000 experience.

The Hagerty Insurance YouTube Channel features this interesting video of how two brothers co-own a ’72 Corvette:

Don’t get us wrong, we like the car and it’s clear a lot of thought went into the upgrades installed on this C2 Corvette. We’re just not convinced a test drive in it would wow us enough to fork over seventy-five large for the privilege of parking this Corvette in our garage.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1972 Chevrolet Corvette Restomod Custom. Professional build with all the right components. Car is properly equipped for pro slalom competition.

Specifications as follows: Engine – Type: LS3 6.2L Displacement: 376 ci Compression: 10.7:1 Bore: 4.065 Stroke: 3.622 Cylinder Heads: Aluminum L92-style port, “as cast” with 68cc chambers Rotating Assembly: Nodular iron crank, powdered metal rods, hypereutectic aluminum pistons Valvetrain: 2.165 intake/1.590 exhaust Camshaft: Comp Cams Induction: Holley Sniper, 102mm throttle body Ignition: C5 Corvette Exhaust: Stainless headers, 3-inch steel exhaust, Borla Pro XS mufflers Output: 458 hp to rear wheels at 6,400 rpm Drivetrain – Transmission: TREMEC TKO 600, five-speed Rear Axle: Factory IRS 3.70:1 gears Chassis – Steering: Borgeson quick-ratio power steering Front Suspension: RideTech TruTurn control arms and spindles, HQ-Series coilover shocks, MuscleBar sway bar Rear Suspension: RideTech StrongArm system, tubular rear crossmember, HQ-Series coilover shocks, MuscleBar sway bar Brakes: Baer dual master with power assist, Baer Pro+ 14-inch rotors, six-piston calipers Wheels & Tires – Wheels: Forgeline 18×10 MD3P-Series Tires: BFGoodrich 315/30R18 g-Force Rival Interior – Seats: Braum Alpha-X buckets Upholstery: Black leatherette Gauges: Classic Instruments Autocross-Series Steering: Grant Carpet: Black loop Shifter: Silver Sport Transmissions Exterior – Paint: PPG White Pearl Hood: Stock Grille.

Car is stored in MA and comes with a meticulous documentation folder with every part used for the build.

Call Jeff for more info, pics or to schedule a viewing.

Yea or Nea: Do you agree with us giving this C2 Restomod our “NEW!” Award?  Comment below and let us know!


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