Restored Vs. Restomodded Corvette


Publish date: 2016-07-14 09:42:34
Restored Vs. Restomodded Corvette

Most would agree that a classic car that has been restored to its original specification will always have more value than a restomod classic which most of the time is just satisfying the owner’s personal preference. The Denver Mecum auction held last July 8 & 9 featured great examples of Corvettes from both sides. 5 Corvettes made it to the Top 10 sellers, 3 of them were restored and 2 were restomods.

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

1963 Corvette Coupe

1963 Corvette Coupe

This 1963 Corvette is the most expensive of the restored Corvettes auctioned at the Mile High City. It is believed to have been restored by a regional NCRS judge back in 2010. A fuel-injected 327 cubic inch V8 sits under the hood and is connected to a 4-speed manual transmission. Since it was restored, it only added 100 miles probably for test drives and tunings. After that, it was mostly stored in a climate-controlled garage. This Corvette earned the Top Flight award during a Rocky Mountain Chapter NCRS event last September 2011. This Corvette, in its original condition and awards earned, was sold for $140,000.

1957 Corvette Restomod

1957 Corvette Restomod

Representing the restomods is this 1957 Corvette. Joe Peck Customs from Van Nuys, California was responsible for this awesome Corvette that took 2 years to complete. The results? A restomod Corvette that was sold for $135,000. The build started with an unoriginal car that was fitted with a custom frame. Repairs were needed for the damaged fiberglass front end that was from a crash. A fresh 480 horsepower LS3 V8 was stuffed into the car and connected to a 6-speed manual transmission. On the interior, retro themed gauges were embedded into the dash and white leather covered the seats, door panels, and dash. Purist stayed away from this beautiful Corvette convertible that had a metallic light blue finish and a white cove but someone really liked it and paid the crazy price.

1967 Corvette convertible

1967 Corvette convertible

67 Corvette convertible

Another restored contender is this 1967 Corvette convertible with a 427 cubic inch Tri-Power V8 engine that is able to pump out 400 horsepower sits under the hood. It also features a factory upgrade option such as air condition and the J56 Special Heavy Duty Brakes.

1966 Corvette coupe

1966 Corvette coupe

Restomod’s counter is this custom built 1966 Corvette coupe that features a modern 427 cubic inch LS7 V8 engine that is boosted by a 100-shot nitrous oxide system. A modern powerhouse that certainly caught someone’s attention as it was auctioned for $115,000.

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

1965 Corvette convertible

1965 Corvette convertible

And finally, the last contender is this restored 1965 Corvette convertible that features a 300 horsepower 327 cubic inch V8 engine. This classic ride has earned 3 NCRS Top Flight awards and a Bloomington Gold certification as well as charmed someone enough to be bought for $72,000.

To conclude: although the top spot was taken by a restored Corvette, the restomod corvette was not really far behind. This just shows that although the restored classics are most of the times the most expensive classic cars, the restomod’s value does not fall far behind. Even though the restomods lost their original identity, they have gained a new one and most of the time becomes a one of a kind car that separates them from the rest of their models.

And at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter which one is better. All of us share the love for our classics.

Other honorable mentions are these classic rides:

This stunning 1967 Shelby GT 500 fastback sold for $80,000 is also among the Top 10 sales during the auction.

1967 Shelby GT 500 fastback

And from the more affordable cars in the auction is 1967 Chrysler 300 hardtop which was sold for $8,500.

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

1967 Chrysler 300 hardtop

Reference & Photo Credits:

http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2016/07/12/restored-or-restomodded-corvette-denver-auction-demonstrates-appeal-of-both/

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