Meticulously crafted 61' 'Vette Correction - finished in Cadillac Pewter
In 1953, Chevrolet's launch of a two-seater sports car was a radical departure for a marque hitherto associated almost exclusively with sensible family transport. Named the Corvette, it was to become one of the most famous and historic models in the history of the automobile.
Of the first-generation Corvettes, the 'duck tail' models of the early 1960s have a particularly enthusiastic following. As with other classics of this era, it has become increasingly common to upgrade them with more modern components. Constructed by Billy Dawson's Corvette Correction of Seguin, Texas, this car is an excellent example of a modernised Corvette. It combines a solid, undamaged '61 Corvette body and a powder-coated Dawson chassis, and is the fourth of ten 'Signature Series' cars built in 2009. The car is powered by a 2008 Corvette 6.2-litre LS3 V8 'crate' engine producing 430bhp, which drives via a Tremec six-speed manual gearbox and a Dana 44, 3.45:1 differential. The suspension is from a type C4 Corvette, a version produced between 1984 and 1996.
The Corvette Correction chassis enables a standard body to bolt on, unaltered. Subtle aesthetic alterations include a 1960-type toothed front grille; C5 door handles with electric locks; five-bolt 18" custom chromed wheels; and a custom-made exhaust system with central four-pipe outlet. The Al Knoch custom leather interior features heated seats, power windows and an electric boot release. Mounted in the original dashboard, the gauges are by Classic Instruments, including the electrically driven speedometer, while a chrome-plated steering column from Ididit and a Signature Series Wonderbar AM/FM radio complete the ensemble. Vintage heating and air conditioning has been tastefully added, together with a Be Cool radiator. Manufactured by Coffman Tops, the maroon convertible hood matches the interior carpeting. Accompanying documentation consists of a V5C registration document, and the car is taxed and MoT'd to 2015.
Finished in 2008 Cadillac Pewter, with superb chrome by Prestige Plating, this extensively upgraded Corvette is exquisitely detailed, both inside and out. An iconic classic sports car possessing the performance, safety and reliability of a modern supercar, it is ideal for every excursion.