A VERY SPECIAL 1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE


Publish date: 2016-04-20 10:05:58
1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE

The 1950s brought us several epic designs that paved way to more eccentric exterior designs. Innovative powertrains was also abundant in this decade. The Chevrolet Corvette was a smaller and less flashy design compared to the detail heavy Impala. The corvette looked like it couldn’t handle much power even though it was the more expensive car.

*Check out this classic “Chevrolet Corvette Parking Only” sign.*

Surprisingly the Corvette was a better choice for more and more racers as time went on, proving that the Corvette is no small weight. Today, the 1959 Chevrolet Corvette probably won’t be able to go head to head with the more modern super cars. It’s time to even out the odds and put some modern power to that classic Corvette.

59 CHEVROLET CORVETTE

Greg Damron from Kentucky wanted his 1959 Corvette wanted to have the performance of a modern roadster and still keep the classic look of his Corvette. The plan was to replace the original chassis and drivetrain with more modern parts. The chassis was replaced with a Chassis Concepts rolling chassis, an improved C1 frame and installed with stock C4 suspensions.

The engine is probably the highlight of this build. The original 283 cubic inch small-block Chevrolet engine could give a 230 horsepower but its new LS3 engine gives out almost double that power. The LS3 engine was installed into the 1959 Corvette with a couple of Hedman header which was then connected to a 3 inch piping and then Flowmaster Mufflers. The LS3 engine was cooled by a Griffin aluminium radiator and the other power train equipment are powered by a Vintage Air Front Runner serpentine belt system. Fresh air is feed into the throttle body by a custom build twin-filter air intake made by Top End Fabrication.

1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE engine

The powerful LS3 engine is 130 pounds lighter than the original 283 and gives out almost twice the horsepower. The weight reduction and drivetrain improvements did not only improved the overall performance of this Corvette but also improved its fuel efficiency, running on 30 miles per gallon on the road.

1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE interior

There are some modifications to the exterior details but you may not notice them unless pointed out. The B Rod or Custom crew made it to look as natural as possible as any original 1959 Chevrolet Corvette would look.

*Check out this classic “Chevrolet Corvette Parking Only” sign.*

After the build was complete, Greg Damron was really happy with the result. This 1959 Chevrolet Corvette is now ready to go head to head with other Modern classics. The build created a very wide gap between its original performance and its current set up, embracing the modern power in its classic appearance.

Reference:

http://www.hotrod.com/cars/featured/1601-this-1959-chevrolet-corvette-is-a-modern-performer-wrapped-in-classic-style/

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