Karl Kustom Coupe
Think you've already seen the best restomods around? Think again. This 2013 Chevrolet Corvette built by the pros at Karl's Kustoms keeps the iconic C2 silhouette, but it's now powered by a powerful LS3 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission that sit atop a modern Corvette chassis. Once you realize how amazing this build is, make room in your trophy case.
Even from just a quick glance everyone will know this Sting Ray is special. The Blade Silver paint takes advantage of the most modern clearcoat practices so you get a deep sparkle that's also so slippery you'll swear it was applied with baby oil. The '67 was the perfect body to pay homage to for this project, as it's one of the most popular of the iconic 2nd generation Corvettes. And because these were hand-assembled by Karl's Kustoms, they really took the time to get it right. So, the panels have a terrific fit that give you the crisp crease around the whole body that the C2 was famous for. And as you look closer, you'll love the details. Two-piece mirror-like chrome bumpers, fuel Injection badging, electric flip-up headlights that house low profile projector beam headlights, and of course, the big beautiful rear window. An auspicious restomod build like this always needs to take a few liberties, but they just flow perfectly and pay close homage to the original C2 design. Modern door handles, an aggressive stinger hood, and four-pronged exhaust trumpets out back look awesome, and the stance is aggressive enough to preview the monster that lives under the hood. This Corvette also retains practical features like the front fender gills and large chrome wheels to make sure that this retro machine is still a modern performance juggernaut.
While it's retro on the outside, the inside is all about modern performance and comfort. The C2 had some nice options at the time like power windows and an AM/FM stereo, but this one shows what nearly a half-century of progress feels like. This coupe's special black leather bucket seats provide the perfect balance of sports car bolstering and all-day comfort padding. And you can power adjust yours to the perfect driving position. A proper limited edition car like this also needs to come with all your favorite features, and it includes dual zone climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual airbags, AM/FM/CD changer stereo, power windows, power locks, anti-theft system, keyless entry, and keyless ignition, just to name a few. There's even the convenient windshield head up display (HUD), so you can keep your eyes on the road when testing the limits of the instruments. And while the original Sting Ray didn't have a trunk opening, this one opens wide enough for easy baggage loading, so feel free to take this cool retro machine on a weekend getaway for two.
Everywhere you park, you won't be able to resist lifting the hood and showing off this exceptional engine bay. With the fully detailed presentation and every inch stuffed modern LS3 power, it's the perfect mix of style and substance. So besides just looking great, you're going to love driving this one. The 6.2-liter fuel-injected power plant is a GM performance motor that makes 430 hp right out of the box, and on this lightweight body it's more than you'll ever need. A custom X-pipe dual exhaust provides a wonderful note at idle and get ready for complaints from the neighbors from all the neutral revs you'll be doing in the driveway. Handling all this extra power is GM's 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission w/overdrive, and not only is that the same unit you would get if you ordered a 2013 Corvette with an automatic, but also you can still take full control over this powerful V8 thanks to the paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Out on the road, this handles like no C2 that you know, since the chassis from a C6 was completely swapped in by the pros at Karl's Kustoms as well. Plus, the modern power steering and power four-wheel disc brakes give this first-generation car some very modern moves. And you might want to take some real time to look over all of this in the undercarriage photos, because there was a TON of $$$$$ getting this performance suspension cleaned and ready for prime time. The look is finished beautifully with a staggered set of chrome five-spoke Corvette wheels, wrapped in Goodyear performance radials.
This is a different caliber of custom car, built by serious people FOR serious people. Hands down, it's the one that will turn all the heads at the next car show. Dialed-in and barely broken-in with just 15,674 miles on the clock since it was completed, this custom Corvette is ready for years of car-show dominance. Call now!