To modify or not to modify — it’s a question every car enthusiast has asked themselves at one point or another. Modifying a car gives it a more personal touch, however, not all modifications appeal to everyone – especially if you’re a purist. The level of modification can also vary. When you take personalization beyond simple bolt-ons, you step into restomod territory, which is where ultimate dream machines often catagorized.
This 1964 Chevrolet Corvette offered by Garage Kept Motors in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a perfect example.
Hand-built by a Michigan native who spared no expense, it’s clear this car was built with performance and style in mind. The engine, stance, paint, chrome, and interior all flow together flawlessly.
How flawlessly might you ask? In its short existence, this car was named a “Street Rodder” Editor’s Pick, took Top 12 Pro’s Pick at the Street Rod Nationals, and a Top 25 at the Shades of the Past show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Bonefied Customs in Grand Rapids, Michigan, built the 496 cubic-inch V8 that powers this beautiful machine. The internals are stout, with an Eagle crankshaft and connecting rods, a hydraulic-roller camshaft, Pro Comp cylinder heads, and dual carburetors. This is set underneath a custom air cleaner and complemented by other brightwork in the engine bay. The headers and exhaust feed into Magnaflow mufflers, which exit from the rear valance, just below the split rear bumper.
The engine makes use of a Gear Vendors enhanced 700R overdrive automatic transmission that pushes power to the pavement with 20-inch Billet Specialties Sprint wheels, and a 3.73:1 Positraction differential spins those rollers quickly. Up front, the car features 18-inch wheels.
Peeking out from behind the wheels that are wrapped in redline rubber, are Wilwood disc brakes on all four corners.
Other notable features of the build include a custom chassis built by Precision Guesswork Race Cars in Hastings, Michigan. Among the numerous upgrades are polished rear tubular A-arms, upgraded Corvette rear suspension, and rack-and-pinion steering.
Additionally, a Rock Valley stainless-steel gas tank keeps fuel ready for acceleration.
Perhaps a favorite aesthetic of the car is the sinister black paintjob with red stinger-scoop that give this Corvette a classic look and feel. The paint is complemented by a Lipstick Red leather interior by Steve Holcomb. Interior upgrades include Vintage Air and Classic Instruments gauges in the dash.
What do you think? Would you buy it, drive it, show it? Or trade it in for something original? Leave us a comment below.