From an investment standpoint, the C3 Corvettes are a gamble. Nice ones still bring good money, but for the most part, there are just too many of them with not enough excitement to bring the big dollars. That's what makes them ripe for upgrades, and you can take a ho-hum 1980 Corvette and transform it into a 400 horsepower, screaming yellow hammer that will run with the fastest of today's machinery. With over $60,000 in upgrades, this 1980 Corvette is just such an animal, a unique creation that's far, far more than the sum of its parts. Forget investments and authenticity, were talking eye-watering performance and simply having fun with your plastic fantastic.
There's no question that this Corvettes DNA is fully intact, and in fact, body modifications are limited to the addition of a C2 stinger-style hood. But the addition makes such a difference in the overall shape of the car that the whole thing looks far more radical than it is. That's a cool trick.
It's also bathed in a coat of brilliant yellow paint that's so vivid, it almost vibrates off the surface of the fiberglass. The workmanship throughout this car is very high quality, with good gaps, excellent prep work, and none of the typical old Corvette issues with cracking and bonding. If you're going to call attention to yourself with a color like this, you'd better make the car right, and no matter how closely you look, you won't find any signs of corners that have been cut. A lack of orange peel in the finish means that someone spent a lot of time color sanding and buffing the finish to get it this smooth and shiny. The finishing touch is a single black pinstripe outlining the front of the stinger hood.
Appropriate badges have been installed, although they're not quite authentic 1980 Corvette pieces. The crossed flags emblem on the nose and fuel filler door look right, as do the CORVETTE block letters on the tail, but the 400 Horsepower badge on the stinger hood is definitely a custom piece. Lenses are original pieces, or perhaps quality reproductions, it's awfully hard to tell anymore, and the glass is very good all around. This car comes with two sets of T-tops as well, a mirrored glass set and a set of body-colored solid pieces, so you can change the look of the car to suit your mood.
In 1980, you could get an L82 small block that cranked out 220 horsepower as the top motor, but this car goes way beyond that. Instead, it's a 410 horsepower 350 crate motor that has been fully detailed for show, and it runs as well as it looks. Glittering polished aluminum and stainless steel are the primary finishes under the hood, from the dual snorkel Holley air cleaner atop the 4-barrel carburetor, to the matching finned valve covers, this one was built to show off. Liberal doses of shiny chrome throughout the engine bay make it stand out, including the alternator, water pump, master cylinder, and power brake booster. There's more flash in the form of a billet serpentine belt system that also adds reliability, and braided stainless steel hose covers look great. There's a big aluminum radiator up front, cooled by a pair of electric fans that are far more efficient than the 80s original engine-driven fan, and yellow spark plug wires tie it all together. It starts easily, and pulls like a freight train out on the open road if you've driven stock late-70s or early-80s Corvettes, you'll be astounded by how fast this one is.
The transmission is a Keisler-modified 4L60E 4-speed automatic tired to a set of 3.08 gears in the pumpkin, making this the ideal long-distance, high-speed cruiser, as long as you can somehow stay out of sight of the law. The 4-wheel disc brake system has been fully rebuilt recently, and features color-matched brake calipers and new lines and hoses. The exhaust is a beautifully built stainless steel system from Magnaflow that sounds amazing, both at idle and at full throttle. Everything is extremely clean, suggesting that this car never had rust or accident damage, although it isn't really detailed for show. The car retains the handsome machined aluminum Corvette wheels, which wear 225/60/15 Goodyear Eagle GTII radials.
The black leather interior is surely too nice to be original, sporting just a few noteworthy upgrades. Those deep bucket seats are original equipment, and really are as comfortable as they look, with glove soft leather that seems to wrap around you as you climb inside. The dash is 100% Corvette, with the original gauges all fully functional, including the auxiliary gauges in the center console. The shifter has been modified to reflect the overdrive gear in the transmission, which is a thoughtful touch, and you'll note that this one carries power windows and locks as part of the package. The steering wheel has been wrapped in matching black leather, and I'm pretty sure the spokes have been polished don't ever recall a stock steering wheel looking that flashy. The A/C blows ice cold, and entertainment is provided by a seriously powerful (and expensive) stereo that includes Alpine amps and a subwoofer in the trunk area.
While I wouldn't call this car restored, there's a lot more stock Corvette here than meets the eye. All the work was done within the past 20 months, so the car is very fresh, and the total on all the work is in excess of $60,000. That's not surprising, considering that very few components were left untouched, and even the stock pieces were given a show-quality refresh that makes this car stand apart. So if you're tired of garden-variety Corvettes masquerading as investments, take a look at one that only promises a good time behind the wheel. I can respect that kind of honesty in a car. Call today!
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