Dubbed Blue Diamond, this Restomod Vette has some unique changes under the skin to justify the price, Read On to find out what they areby Khris Bharath, on
This one-of-a-kind 1966 Chevy Corvette convertible, dubbed Blue Diamond, recently went for a cool $250,000 at Barrett Jacksons’ inaugural auction in Houston, Texas. The car has been meticulously prepared to show-quality standards in a bespoke one-of-a-kind Metallic exterior paint, complemented with a 1966 big-block hood.
While most of the attention right now is on the new 2023 C8 Corvette Z06, you can’t ignore beauties like this Classic Vette seen here. While the car might look all retro, which is no bad thing, it has undergone some significant changes under the skin to justify the high asking price. Let’s take a look at them now, shall we?
The Restomod Corvette has a unique modest widebody-built rear end that preserves the stock body lines. It has 4-wheel polished SSBC disc brakes that are nicely revealed beneath the 18-inch up front and 19-inch rear Intro wheels that sit on Continental tires, as well as a new side exhaust, which is a thing of beauty. The polished wheels are set off well against this subtle shade of Blue.
Step inside and you’ll find that the cabin is totally tailor-made as well, featuring lambskin leather bucket seats, door panels, and a leather dash. Unique gauges, a new console, a custom billet steering wheel, and a column with tilt round off the package. Apart from this, the example seen here has a new white soft-top. You’ve also got modern touches like a nice HiFi to play your retro tunes as you cruise down a coast road in your classic roadster.
Okay, this is where things get really interesting if you’re a Corvette fan. Under the hood lies an LS7 fuel-injected V-8 engine and a 5-speed TKO 600 TREMEC Hurst manual transmission. The chassis is a totally customized Collier Technologies frame, using C4 custom suspension, which includes unique coilovers developed for the right posture. It allows the car to handle superbly.
In the end, the car, underwent a no-expense-spared rebuild and restoration to get it to quite simply what is, show-ready standards. It has some bespoke mods added to it which makes it truly one of a kind. This gorgeous Vette doesn’t just have the looks now, but it’s got the performance as well to got with it and is a real show stopper in my opinion. With only 380 miles on the clock, since the Blue Diamond was restored, this low mileage example eventually went for a quarter of a million dollars.