Monday, 19 January 2015

Art Morrison '59 Corvette

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis



It's a '59, Jim, but not as we know it...
The Corvette is an iconic entity, and for many it's the original first-gen model that's the purest of the breed, with its saucy scallops, twin-halfmoon dash and lashings of chrome. It has to be said, though, that the world has moved on somewhat in terms of handling finesse since the 1950s, and that's why Art Morrison offer a rather more advanced chassis for the early 'Vette; it features adjustable coilovers and anti-roll bars, powered rack-and-pinion steering, a four-linked rear with 9" axle, and various other tricks. So the old girl can have the go to match the show.

This also creates rather a natty canvas for custom work, naturally. The '59 model you see here complements its Art Morrison chassis with a 400bhp Chevy LS2 V8, a Tremec 6-speed manual 'box, and 14" brakes with Wilwood six-pots - as well as a custom-trimmed interior in leather and suede, custom digital gauges, and an artfully shaved engine bay. Pretty neat, huh?
And the price of all of this retro-futurist splendour? Why, £140k to you, old fruit...

Spotted at the London Classic Car Show - click here for more photos.








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