Retro Designs’ Restored Custom 1965 C2 Corvette

Retro Designs from North Carolina recently unveiled their beautiful custom 1965 C2 Sting Ray. The car was meticulously restored and now it looks like a brand new vehicle. Designed to be more modern, this ’65 Corvette has a 435-horsepower LS3 engine, combined with a sleek exterior and interior design, making it the perfect choice for a person yearning for speed, style, and a sports car. Have a look at these pictures below and see why people are so eager for this vehicle!

Custom Modern C7 Corvette Chassis

It was constructed on a custom modern C7 Corvette chassis which fits the vintage C2 body precisely. With modern C7 underpinnings and suspension, the Retro C2 custom features an independent rear suspension and shock coilovers throughout. The vintage Corvette custom drives as smoothly as a modern sports car.

Brakes, Tires, Wheels, and Exhaust

1965 Corvette C2 Front Driver Side Angle
1965 Corvette C2 Front Driver Side Angle

You’ll get good stopping power with these Wilwood disc brakes, thanks to their great stopping power with good performance. You’ll stay on the go while riding on Nitto’s high-performance Motivo tires and wearing Beyern Spartan wheels because this redesigned 1965 Corvette is as stylish as it is functional. Retro Designs also engineered a three-inch stainless-steel exhaust to assist with the new vehicle’s performance.

Why did you restore and customize the car?

“The C2 really is one of the all-time American automotive classics. These were the last of the front-engined models as Corvette looked at mid-mounted or rear options for the C3,” comments Retro Designs General Manager Daniel Valjevac.

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“1965 was such an amazing moment in Corvette’s history with minds like Duntov and Wilson working on the future of the marque alongside Corvette legends like Larry Shinoda. The 1965 C2 represented the best version to date of the Sting Ray design that was just in front of masterpieces coming up, such as the L88 and Mako Shark II (XP-830). “

“Our Retro Designs build is defined by a classic, timeless Corvette aesthetic paired with amazing performance. Great driving and speed have always defined Corvette, which is why Retro Designs restored and modified this C2 so the client could enjoy the vintage car as Corvette originally intended in modern conditions.”

How was designing the interior?

Retro Designs spent hundreds of hours restoring and remodeling the interior. The dashboard is wrapped in fresh new black leather, and the seats are custom-shaped and provide more support to drivers and passengers. A modern center console is incorporated into the C2 that seamlessly slides into the vintage Sting Ray’s cabin. The Retro Designs team also included a hidden Bluetooth module into the build and state of the start sound system while keeping the vehicle period correct in fit and finish.

Retro Designs Goal

1965 Corvette C2 Sting Ray Convertible by Retro Design
1965 Corvette C2 Sting Ray Convertible by Retro Design

“Our goal at Retro Designs is to bring classic cars back to life and allow clients to enjoy them safely without any of the issues that can come up with driving a vintage restoration,” continues Valjevac. “Our new 1965 C2 Sting Ray is a car that came to us from a client that wanted a custom with all the beautiful styling of the C2 in a car that could be driven in modern conditions. Our goal is to join impeccable restoration with modern performance that delivers all the smiles and fun that can be had out there on the road today.”

So, what’s the cost?

Retro Designs priced the 1965 Corvette C2 at $120,000. New Retro Designs restorations are now available with a starting price of $100,000. For more information on Retro Designs, please visit or call 704-721-0835.

1965 Custom Corvette Rear
1965 Custom Corvette Rear

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