Corvette Of The Day: 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod
Known as 'Illusions'
This custom 1962 Chevrolet Corvette was built by American Street Rods in Gainesville, Virginia and represents an exceptional custom build that demanded about 10,000 man-hours over five years. It was a finalist for the esteemed Goodguys Vintage Air Custom Rod of the Year Award in 2016, a highly sought-after accolade in the custom car world.
The vehicle is built on a meticulously crafted chrome-moly chassis and features a custom-fitted 1957 Corvette front end, kicking off an extensive transformation. This included a 2-inch channeling process, bespoke floorwork, the creation of a handcrafted grille opening and insert, seamlessly integrated bumpers, and a distinctively styled upswept tail.
Beneath the electrically powered hood lies a specially fabricated engine cover hiding a GM LSX454 engine equipped with forged aluminum pistons on 4340 steel rods and a hydraulic roller camshaft. The engine, boasting electronic fuel injection, Ultimate stainless headers with a custom 3-inch Borla stainless exhaust, and a Street & Performance front-runner system, produces an impressive 627 HP. Power is transmitted through a Chevy Performance SuperMatic 4L80E transmission to a Chris Alston Chassisworks FAB9 rear end that has been narrowed by 11 inches and equipped with a Strange Engineering nodular iron center section, a 3.89 differential, and 35-spline axles.
This custom Corvette is finished in a custom-mixed PPG Silver shade and includes a removable hardtop. Its custom Saddle Brown Ultraleather interior boasts Dakota Digital gauges, Vintage Air, power windows, and a Powertrain Control Solutions paddle shifter. The vehicle rides on BF Goodrich G-Force T/A tires mounted on polished Billet Specialties SLG45 wheels, creating a captivating and low-profile appearance.