The best of American and Italy combined.
Over the last few years, we've seen a growing trend of updating classic cars to fit in with the modern world. The reason, as we see it, is quite simple. Car design hit its peak between 1960 and 1980, which means if you want something beautiful and functional, you have to restomod it.
We've seen some spectacular builds over the years, most notably from Singer, but there are smaller companies that also do a sublime job. It will be interesting to see if American Legends Builds (ALB) and Karan Adivi can pull offit what might be the ultimate C2 Corvette.
Adivi is teaming up with ALB to create a one-off C2 Corvette. Adivi is in charge of design and delivered a few stunning renderings of what he wants the final build to look like.
The design is quite a departure from the original, and it boasts a few modern touches like thin LED headlights and a completely different hood design. At the rear, it also has an LED taillight arrangement, and the black exterior has been beautifully matched with a set of bronze wheels.
The car is expected to debut at SEMA in 2023, giving the team behind the build two years to complete it. As you can see, the body alone is going to take some time.
The other colossal task is incorporating an entirely new engine into the vehicle. If they followed the modern trend, an EV C2 Corvette would have made the most sense. Thankfully, this C2 will get a good old-fashioned naturally aspirated gas-guzzling engine. It's not the new 10-liter crate engine, which is a bit of a missed opportunity.
Instead, this C2 will be driven by a 5.2-liter V10 salvaged from a 2014 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4. Fitting an Italian engine under the hood of an American icon is a bit cheeky, but we have to admit that the idea of a V10 C2 is extremely alluring. And we're not just talking about any old V10 engine. Lamborghini's 5.2 V10 is one of the finest naturally aspirated engines ever made. It produces 552 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque, and it will happily rev all the way to 8,000 rpm while it produces the kind of noise that leaves any proper gearhead stunned.