Lot S530 – New Orleans, 2018 Auction
Lot S530 – 1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE RESTO MOD
- Year: 1954
- Make: CHEVROLET
- Model:CORVETTE RESTO MOD
- Status: NO RESERVE
- Mileage: N/A
- VIN: E54S004486
- Exterior: BLACK
- Interior: RED
- Transmission: N/A
- Cylinder: LS3
The great looks of a 1954 with all of the modern conveniences.
Resto-modification, also known as resto-modding, is when "you take an old car and modernize it with an updated engine, suspension, brakes, tires and[/or] electronics.
And if you resto-mod the right way, you can revert back to stock at any time." Stock is "A vehicle that has not been modified and is in the same configuration as it came from the factory." Various reasons for performing resto-modifications on vintage cars may include the owner's desire to have either modern conveniences, improvements in vehicle safety or reliability, and/or improvements in street or track-driving performance.
Resto-modifications for modern convenience and safety may include adding features such as air conditioning, power windows, power steering, power brakes, seatbelts, or radio/stereo systems that may have not come installed on a vehicle at the time it was originally produced.
An example of resto-modding is a 1970 Ford Torino Brougham 429 Cobra Jet owned and resto-modded by Kevin Young, published by Car Craft magazine. "…Young noticed some unusual valvetrain noise.
While it turns out a set of lifters would've cured the problem, in the best hot rodder tradition, Young saw it as an opportunity to tear down the motor and build something better.
The goal was a reliable, street-friendly, pump-gas engine that was capable of easy 12s on street tires, all the while retaining a factory restored appearance—including iron intake and exhaust manifolds." Young accomplished this by doing a performance rebuild of the original engine and modifying the original differential, while preserving and/or restoring much of the car's other original components.
According to Young, many enthusiasts were displeased with him and felt that his modifications compromised the originality of the extremely rare car, being one of three built like it.
Though many enthusiasts within the auto restoration and preservation community feel this way about resto-modding, many others endorse it, such as TV personality and car collector Jay Leno: "Some purists object to changing or modifying these old cars.
I look at it this way: If it makes the car better, safer, more reliable and faster—and you can change it back to stock whenever you want—why not do it."
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