A beautifully executed blend of classic style and modern performance.
The Worldwide Auctioneers Texas Classic Auction, held on April 22, 2017, had a wide variety of cars on the block. There were lovely antiques, American muscle, European roadsters, and even antique fire trucks. Three cars in the catalog were given pre-auction estimates of over $1 million. Among these fine cars, one drew more attention than any other in the viewing room: a custom-modified 1963 Chevrolet Corvette.
The Corvette drew admiring crowds throughout the auction. Walking up to the car, it was easy to see why: this was no ordinary Corvette. The car was custom built by Brad Goetz and his team at Harborvette, of Erie, Pennsylvania.
Goetz aimed to retain the Corvette’s classic exterior styling, but upgrade the car with modern performance, safety, and convenience features. Above, the sleek interior incorporates vent grilles, similar to the hood vents, for air conditioning and a hidden LCD screen for a backup camera and entertainment system.
Projector beam headlamps now light up the road. (And make an impressive, industrial hum!)
The hood required some 200 hours of work to fit the new motor and still retain the classic look of the 1963 model.
Underneath the hood lies a modern, supercharged 6.2 liter LSA engine built by SMC Performance. The engine puts out an impressive 600 horsepower, and is mated to a Tremec six-speed transmission. Even the motor picks up the grille theme, making the impeccably clean engine compartment as attractive as the rest of the car.
The flawless chrome trim reflects the care and skill that went into the making of this one-of-a-kind vehicle.