Corvette Of The Day: 1961 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible
Built by Billy Dawson’s Corvette Correction in Seguin, Texas, this car blends a pristine 1961 Corvette body with one of Dawson’s custom chassis. It’s powered by a 430-horsepower, 6.2-liter LS3 crate engine from a 2008 Corvette, paired with a six-speed manual Tremec transmission and a Dana 44 rear differential with a 3.45:1 gear ratio. The suspension features a C4 Corvette setup both in the front and rear.
The car retains a classic look, with subtle enhancements made possible by the Corvette Correction frame, allowing the standard body to be bolted on without alterations. Notable exterior details include a vintage 1960-style toothed grille, 18-inch custom chrome wheels, and a custom exhaust with a center-mounted quad-pipe rear outlet.
The interior boasts an Al Knoch custom leather finish with heated seats, power windows, and an electric trunk release. Classic instrument gauges, including an electric-drive speedometer, remain, along with a chrome steering column from Ididit and a Signature Series Wonderbar AM/FM radio. The maroon convertible top matches the interior carpets, and vintage heating, air conditioning, and a Be Cool radiator have been discreetly added for comfort.