Here’s the thing about old cars: They’re kind of slow by today’s standards. A well-equipped Chrysler Town & Country minivan can outperform most high-performance cars of the 1960s and 1970s, but obviously a minivan doesn’t have quite the same charisma as, say, a 1967 Corvette Stingray. So, if you want a Corvette Stingray that performs, you can either buy a new one, or this 1967 that Bill Kuhn of His Place Inc. in Maryland has stuffed with loads of modern, high-performance parts.

Let’s start with the engine. The fastest of the Stingrays were the 427 big-blocks — beastly mills, but they were also heavy. This one uses a 460-horsepower LT1 from a 2015 Corvette, — far lighter and more powerful than the 427. Power is sent through a new five-speed Tremec transmission, with a hydraulic clutch and 3.73:1 rear end. Suspension from a C4 Corvette is bolted to a tubular chassis, and four-wheel disc brakes clamp massive 13-inch rotors in the front and 12-inchers in the rear. Its 18-inch Grand Sport wheels are the only exterior clues that you might be looking at something a bit special, but honestly, I might swap them out for something a bit more retro.

The interior is covered with red leather and boasts modern conveniences, including air conditioning, power steering, adjustable steering column and a modern stereo, complete with Bluetooth connectivity. This obsessively assembled package is being sold at the Mecum Auctions event this May 12-16 in Indianapolis and is expected to go for between $175,000 and $200,000.

Continue reading to learn more about this 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible.

Why it matters

Updated classic cars are experiencing a real surge in the marketplace. Companies like Singer, Eagle and most recently Classic Recreations and its Villain Mustang have found success in rebuilding classics with more usable, modern driving characteristics in mind. Sure, this updated Stingray doesn’t have the cachet and probably won’t hold its value like an original 427 Stingray, but that’s missing the point. This is a car you could drive everyday if you wanted to. Plus, it’s probably a lot faster than a minivan.

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1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible With 2015 LT1 Engine Will Be Auctioned By Mecum Exterior
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Source: Mecum

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