This is the first re-post of six-part series that looks back at the various custom modifications that could be installed by an owner, contracted to a shop, or purchased as turn-key vehicles. This re-post presents additional photos to those who were selected for print in VETTE VUES. At the end of the article are links to the rest of the series or Corvette Body Kits by generations.
In this series, VETTE VUES presents a photographic summary of the major trends in customization, as it has evolved through the various year groups.
The treatment for each year group follows a set format. Examples of kits (or parts) that were offered in that actual time period will be presented first, followed by various retro-themed kits or turn-key cars developed in later years. Miscellaneous items are included at the end of each year group.
NOTE: The first of the six-part series started in the May 2018 issue of Vette Vues Magazinewith the C1 and C2 Corvette Body Kit History. The article is full of more photos and great Corvette history.
By: Wayne Ellwood
Photo Credits: Facebook, General Motors, Mike Terry, Mark Jenkins, John Neas, AAT, CRC, Keith Kaucher, Gas Grecco, Bob Radke
C1 (1953-62) PERIOD:
HIGHLIGHTS FOR CUSTOM CORVETTES
“Period” Custom Trends
1954 Motorama Corvettes
Full customs by professional builders
Wire wheels – one of the first dress-ups
XP-700 – a GM Concept Car
SR2 and driver fairings
XP-87 – Stingray Racer
Fiberfab Centurion (replicates GM Concept car)
“Modern Retro” Variants
1953-Style Corvette by AAT
1953-style Nomad by AAT
1961-style Corvette by CRC
“Computer Design” Aids Custom Variants
Designers, Modellers, and Artists
“LS2 motor with polished Magnuson blower and Tremec 6-speed transmission as well as custom chassis, C4 polished suspension, Aldan coil-overs, and custom 11″ 6-piston slotted and drilled Baer brakes make the car a great ride. Exterior House of Kolor Tangelo Orange, custom gray interior with the hood scoop on the underside of fastback top, heat and air, Flaming River tilt steering column, EVOD true knock-off wheels, PRC custom dual-fan polished radiator, Cadence stereo, modified exhaust, and custom exhaust tips. Body modifications by A1 Fiberglass and Gary in Aurora, NE. Designed and built by Street Rods Only, Macon, IL.” ~ Barrett-Jackson
Are you looking for someone to work on your Corvette? We have compiled a list of Corvette Custom and Restoration Shops. This page is not intended to endorse these companies. Many of them come from show boards at car shows and others are readers and social media followers submissions.
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