Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale June 19th – 21st, 2014 at Russo and Steele''s 2nd Annual Newport Beach California Auction. Please contact us for more information. Based on a rare one-year-only 1963 “Split-Window” Corvette coupe, this awesome restomod has covered less than 400 miles since its completion in early 2014. It was purchased intact and ready for a planned body-off restoration with the idea of maintaining the history and beauty of an original ‘63 “Split-Window” coupe while adding the performance and creature comforts of a new Corvette. A very rare LT5 engine and ZF 6-speed manual transmission were installed, with engine work and modifications performed by Marc Haibech and transmission work by Bill Beaudreau. The history and performance potential of this 440 horsepower LT5 engine ranks it among one of the most unique engines for Corvettes. The custom installation of the engine and associated parts includes a Ron Davis radiator with dual SPAL electric fans and custom paintwork throughout the engine compartment. The engineering to configure the placement of the engine was a feat taken on only by the best artisans in the restoration trade. The Corvette’s ride and handling was vastly improved with the custom-made chassis and C4 suspension assembled by the well-known Streetshops team in Alabama. The car is fitted with C2 custom side pipes with hydro boost power brakes, Vintage air conditioning, LineLoc parking brake, rack-and-pinion steering, power windows, and custom electrical wiring throughout. The Torch Red Al Knoch interior features C5 Corvette sport seats and custom paint with various appointments including a custom console. The driver and passenger dashes are of custom-made billet aluminum fitted with AutoMeter gauges on the driver’s side. TKO Restorations of Tucson, Arizona performed the paint and bodywork. The exterior paint finish is a Chevrolet factory color called Cyber Gray Metallic, complemented by a 1967 big-block hood with a slightly different, silver-colored ‘Stinger’ and a 1967 rear backup light.