John Gunnell - April 09, 2014 04:07 PM
This car was once cut into two pieces in an auto accident..Photo by John Gunnell
A new frame brought this Corvette new lifePhoto by John Gunnell
Looking at this silver Corvette convertible, it was hard to imagine it had once been destroyed in an accident. After that devastating crash, it was what insurance companies refer to as a “total.” In fact, it was worse than most total wrecks since it had been broken into two pieces by the impact.
The car was parked in 1998. The idea of restoring it seemed like a distant dream. Now, the big block ragtop looks virtually new. All it took was a 631-hour restoration to make it like new again.
Owner Brian Baird took the car to Riley Customs. A new frame was used as the foundation for the car that exists today. Extensive repair of the fiberglass body was another requisite. The car also got custom striping, a Vintage Air A/C system and genuine leather seats.
Quinlin Automotive rebuilt the 427 435-hp V-8 that is fitted with Tri-Power carburetion. The car also features a Muncie M-21 four-speed close-ratio manual gearbox, a Posi Traction rear axle with 3.70:1 gears, stock 4fourwheel disc brakes and a factory high performance suspension.
The Corvette was one of 60 show cars that Steele Rubber Products (www.steelerubber.com) sponsored in the trade show’s Featured Vehicle Program. In addition to silver paint, it had a black convertible top, a black interior and P22570R15 red stripe tires on 5 x 8 GM Rally wheels. It is one of 2,722 Corvettes of 1969 vintage to originally get the RPO L71 motor.