• Dual-purpose street/track car with classic looks and awesome performance
• Multiple features in today’s top automotive enthusiast magazines
• Electronic fuel-injected, dry-sump all-aluminum 540 cubic-inch engine
• Tremec T-56 six-speed transmission, Torsen differential, fully engineered suspension
• Full safety features and instrumentation; interior designed for wide range of drivers
• Second place at inaugural Optima Battery Ultimate Street Car Invitational
• Restoration build cost in excess of $350,000
540 cid all-aluminum, dry-sump Chevrolet big-block V-8 engine, electronic fuel injection and engine management with Kinsler/Greenwood Cross-Ram intake, Tremec T-56 six-speed manual transmission, custom front and rear coil-over suspension with torsion-type sway bars, and six-piston four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 98”
Purchased with the goal of building a true supercar with stunning all-around performance and the aggressive race-bred looks of the SCCA and FIA Corvettes that dominated the late 1960s and early 1970s, this 1969 Corvette started out as a 427/435 four-speed coupe. The current owner commissioned Mark Schwartz and his team at California’s Campbell Auto Restoration to perform the build, with the choice a logical one given the expertise demonstrated by Mr. Schwartz in vintage-racing events for his select clientele. Delivering a highly correct period appearance and flavor, looking like it just came back from Le Mans, this stunning performer was built using the day's best engineering and technologies to create an awesome “Street/Track” ’69 Corvette.
To say the builders met their objectives during the maximum-effort, no-expense-spared build would be a severe understatement indeed. Modern elements include an all-aluminum 540 cubic-inch big-block Chevrolet engine built to last and equipped with a sophisticated electronic engine-management system, dry-sump lubrication, an HTD belt drive for all engine-driven accessories, and a Kinsler/Greenwood Cross-Ram intake manifold converted to electronic fuel injection. A low-inertia carbon multi-disc clutch and Viper-spec Tremec T-56 six-speed manual transmission route the engine’s power to the rear end.
Underpinnings include a custom-fabricated frame section up front supporting unequal-length A-arms, double-adjustable coil-over shocks, and razor-sharp power rack-and-pinion steering. The suspension geometry is tuned and properly set up for the massive 335-width front tires and complete with space-age Kevlar-lined Heim joints. The fully independent rear suspension system is based on that of a 1996 C4 Corvette and equipped with double-adjustable coil-over shocks as well. All suspension pickup points were designed and optimized to promote excellent acceleration, grip, and braking characteristics with proper geometry designed-in for the huge 345-width rear tires. A Torsen (torque sensing) limited-slip differential with HD rear-end gear case and carbon-covered aluminum halfshafts completes the rear setup.
The interior of the car was designed and built to accommodate drivers up to 6’8” tall. The Corvette’s main floor was replaced with aluminum for enhanced safety and moved down inside the chassis to accommodate tall drivers in concert with Sparco racing seats while allowing proper helmet clearance. The custom-built dash is equipped with a full array of gauges monitoring vital functions. Both the rear sway bar and front-rear brake bias are driver-adjustable. Safety features are numerous, including two Halon fire systems, five-point safety harnesses, a safety fuel cell, side-impact bars that open and close with the doors, and a full Chromoly rollcage. Monoblock six-piston calipers at all four corners handle braking. The car’s body has been enhanced with GM racing flares, a GM racing front spoiler, and GM racing headlight assemblies. The paint is BASF Glasurit two-stage urethane finish in a period-type scheme and all areas prone to chipping are protected with Mylar film.
The result is a car that is not just fast and fun, but more of a weapons-grade experience. On the dyno, the Corvette’s engine produced 809 horsepower on easily available 91-octane pump gas, yet the car is equally at home cruising down the freeway or at speed on a road course. The exhaust is just quiet enough for street driving, but not restrictive for performance use. The Corvette has been featured in several magazines, including Hot Rod (March 2009), ‘Vette Magazine (October 2009 cover car), Car Craft Magazine (August 2009), and Corvette Milestones (2011). In testament to this Corvette’s fantastic performance, it placed second at the inaugural Optima Battery Ultimate Street Car Invitational, with a driver who had no experience driving the car prior to the event. As offered, it is a thrilling, top-quality performer that is expertly built, well-sorted, and absolutely impressive throughout.
1969 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod
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