Corvette hobbyist and builder Bob Shetler of Shelby, Ohio describes this sweet looking 1962 Corvette Convertible as an Xtreme Vette. He surely is correct!
In my role as a "Celebrity Choice Judge" on Saturday, I found this little beauty near the entrance to the Corvette Funfest, and I was immediately drawn to the car. It turns out I wasn't the only one, because someone had already picked the car for the Celebrity Choice Award. So, I had to go looking elsewhere for a winner, but not before learning more about this car.
The color is unique. Its name is RS911 Red, and it was created for a fleet of GM products sometime in the past. Bob had this color mixed up and lavished on this car, and it works very well. Maybe the Corvette Factory might want to take a look at this for a future replacement for Torch Red.
The engine bay holds an LS1 engine from a 2002 Camaro, and the mechanicals are hidden with a body color matching aluminum cover. I don't recall seeing anything quite like this on a C1 before. A Tremec 6-speed utilizes the approximately 340 horsepower from the 5.7L motor. Bob also created a 15" diameter steering wheel, which many contemporary drivers find suits them better than the original 17".
Examine my iPhone pictures of the beautiful modifications, and you will see quality on this car everywhere. Congratulations to owners John & Chris Irvin of Crawfordsville, Indiana for a stunning ride!