There are many parallels between modifying your car and change your body. Some like their cars and leather as they came from the factory. Other people are not happy like everyone else. They want to personalize the way they, and their trip, look. It’s a purely personal decision and we’re absolutely cool from both points of view.

But just like splitting your tongue or making your eyeballs look like billiard balls – this world is far from applying Nike ink to your back cheek for a drunken attempt or wearing a nose ring in college and then letting the hole heal, so this the rarity of the 1963 Corvette reminds us that for some car modifications there really is no going back. Or at least no return without spending a lot of money to pretty much break the car and start over.

Offered for sale at on Bring a trailer auction site Earlier this week, this Sting Ray coupe appears from the first year of sale of the C2 Corvette, the only year when the model featured a split rear window design. This visual detail alone provides the 1963 base Corvette with a conventional 250 hp V8. (254 PS) in excellent condition, valued at $ 140,000 compared to $ 71,800 for a 1964 model car with the same mechanical characteristics but with a solid rear window. Come to Cars with fuel injection under code L84 and the 63-year-old car costs a staggering $ 211,000 more.

But some rather radical non-standard work done on this car in the 1970s means it will never come close to reaching those values ​​unless it undergoes a major overhaul that could easily cost well over $ 56,550, for which the car became. It was below the seller’s reserve, so the car was not sold, but by confirming how valuable the splits are, a price that is not met would be enough to get a good, original condition-3 Corvette 64 years old does not require serious work.

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The photos show that at one point the Corvette was equipped with flared wings and sills, a non-standard rear, door handles, a bulge on the hood, a built-in front air dam and a Le Mans-style fuel tank under this iconic split rear window. Completion view of the 1970s this is what seems to be a set of 15-inch American Turbo Vecs races and its two-section pop-up sunroof. That’s enough to make a C2 fan cry.

But while your most instant impression may be when you think what a shame that such a rare and historically important car has been disfigured, it would do a disservice to the long, nearly 60-year life of this car and the pleasure it should have brought their owners along the way.

It is worth remembering this although the Corvette 63rd is rare and valuable, they are not so rare. Chevy has built over 10,000 of them, and there are still plenty of pristine originals if you want to see them at a car dealership or put in your garage. And also remember that when this car was modified in the mid-1970s, it was just an old, 12-year-old car.

What’s more, though quite extreme, and not the kind of thing that could be unscrewed to return the car to factory specifications, the fashions it got were fashionable at the time. This is supposed to mean that driving a car after its transformation makes the driver feel a million bucks, even though someday it could cost half a million bucks if he just kept it in standard condition.

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We regularly publish about modified cars, including modified classic corvettes, and usually because we think they look great. But we’re not so naive as to think that the fashions we all crave today won’t one day look as embarrassingly awful as the orange Toyota Supra driven by Brian in the original film “Fast and Furious” two decades after its assembly.

Interestingly, although this Corvette is now red, it was repainted in 2019, there are a few photos on the list that showcase its original non-standard color, and given how the custom vans of the 1970s became very collectible, you wonder if you can would it restore his pomp of the 1970s, as did supporters of the non-existent but once vast UK influential magazine Max Power rescued a 1990 hatchback with Lamborghini doors and outrageous body kits from a purgatory and proudly put them on display again.

Whatever the prospective buyer decides to do with the top of the C2, he doesn’t need to worry too much about what’s going on under his skin if he doesn’t want to. proceed to full rest. It looks like the engine isn’t original, but it was rebuilt in 2019, and with a volume of 383 cc. inches (6.3 liters) it should be strong enough, while the four-speed manual transmission and limited slip differential have also been rebuilt.

This car will never be for purists, and it has undoubtedly lost its value as a result of the changes made to it. But if no one ever modified the car just so that future generations obsessed with originality would be happy half a century later, as if no one was described because they worried about what their skin might look like at 75, the world would be very sad place.

What do you think of the idea of ​​modifying cars that are rare and may ever be collectible, and what would you do with this Corvette? Leave a comment and let us know.

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