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with a 400 cubic inch V8 engine with 339 horsepower and 466 foot-pounds of torque, and a Richmond six-speed manual transmission with new driveshaft. The original 327 and four-speed transmission were replaced in 2003. The specs of the engine rebuild are available. It is fast and loud, with the engine built for performance in mind. The deck was milled within 0.005" and World Products S/R heads, dished JE piston and Manly rods, Crane roller rockers with Melling cam, lifters and oil pump were installed. An Edelbrock intake and carburetor, K&N air filter, along with Hooker exhaust headers and Flowmaster exhaust were added. Chrome valve covers, alternator and bracket, along with a detailed engine bay sets off the block which was painted Emerald Green Pearl to match the car. The 15" American Racing polished aluminum wheels with Firestone Firehawk tires in 215/65 and 235/60 with four wheel disc brakes, add a touch of aggressive styling.
This Corvette has been owned by the current consignor since 1973. It was bought from the son of the original owner, and was a daily driver through graduate school. As it became more of a pleasure car, he found it not too friendly on long trips. In 2000 he began customizing it. The original Mossport Green paint was becoming boring and after searching for the perfect green color, he settled on Emerald Green Pearl from Audi. A hood from a 1967 model with a scoop was sourced, as it was more appealing than the original hood (which is included). The scoop and a very subtle pin stripe was painted in Chrome Illusion Perfect Jade Prism. The interior is an optional code in Green, with matching loop carpet. The front bumper was removed to make the front styling more aggressive. The rear bumper was re-chromed and the reverse lights were flush mounted in the bumper. An auxiliary cooling fan was added, as well as an electronic antenna, and a leather wrapped steering wheel. The Sony AM/FM/Cassette player was relocated in the glovebox, with a joystick controller, as well as a connection for a Handheld Cobra 75 WX/ST CB and Weatherband radio.
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The Consignor was a car enthusiast who was fastidious and comprehensive when caring for his collection was concerned. His long time prize possession Corvette, was transformed into an award winning car at many regional shows. The time commitment required for the shows encouraged the couple to just enjoy the car, and it was made more road friendly with wisely chosen upgrades. The couple celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Corvette by participating in the 2003 Corvette 50th anniversary trip from New Jersey to Bowling Green, Kentucky. The El Camino came along and became the next project to get the comprehensive treatment the Corvette received. As a couple they enjoyed these cars and invested time and money into their care. A two bay garage with an automotive lift was built on the property, and facilitated the cars today.
Long time ownership and care by an enthusiast; always stored in a heated garage with a California Car Cover included; the original hood was repainted in the correct color of the car, and is present and still wrapped; the original motor and transmission were present, but sold separately; many service manuals included, along with documentation and engineering notes for the Richmond transmission modifications.
Overall wonderful condition; the 20 year old paint job still shows incredibly well, with a few places showing some blistering under paint near hood; very minor chips/nicks to front end; headlights operate correctly, with drivers side slightly slower than the other, also some slightly loose when closed; emergency brake needs adjustment; no other apparent concerns.