Ralph Eckler Resto-Mods
Making old Corvettes new again
Andy Bolig - April 02, 2014 09:34 AM
The name Ralph Eckler might be new to some, but veterans of the Corvette hobby will remember Ralph from his early days at the helm of the company that still bears his name.
Ralph’s first foray into the Corvette market way back in the 60s was out of necessity. He had a Corvette that needed a complete front end but rather than replace it with all of the smaller bits that comprise an original, he decided to make one big piece to replace them.
As is the case so often, word got out and Ralph found himself building other units for enthusiasts, and at some time in the process, he switched from building only front ends to building a company that would bear his name. Eckler’s began to grow and supply more parts for Corvette enthusiasts and became one of the largest suppliers for those wanting to personalize their Corvettes.
Ralph is continuing his efforts in making Corvettes greater by modifying them in his latest Ralph Eckler Signature Series. The first of the Eckler Signature Car Collection is a 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Sting-Ray convertible. The car was stripped and the frame was replaced with a custom frame designed for C4 suspension and brakes. A brand new LS6 engine was installed, along with a 6-speed Tremec transmission. This car represents the very first Ralph Eckler Signature Corvette built. Documentation for this one-of-a-kind Corvette includes a certificate of authenticity and I.D. plate certifying the car as Number 001 of the series.
No stranger to modifying Corvettes, Ralph has continued to forge ahead, utilizing new techniques and technology while still holding true to the foundations that formed a thriving business that still bears his name. He hopes that in his ongoing effort to supply the needs and wants of enthusiasts, he will continue to carve out a space in the market where his first and last name will remain at the forefront of enthusiast’s hearts and minds.