COOL CORVETTES: Remarkable Resto-Mods Continue to Shine at Barrett-Jackson

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Barrett-Jackson has long been a pioneer of the Resto-Mod movement, and historically sells more Chevrolet Corvettes than any other marque at its auctions. For example, of the nearly 2,000 cars that crossed the block during the 2022 Scottsdale Auction, more than 7 percent were Corvettes. When you combine the popularity of the Corvette with its simplicity and the amount of aftermarket support available, you are bound to get something truly remarkable. This combination has resulted in some of the most incredible Resto-Mod Corvettes ever built. Each year, more and more cross the Barrett-Jackson block, with many fetching impressive six-figure sale amounts.

Part of the broad appeal of Resto-Mod Corvettes is that they often retain the spirit of a vintage car but include modern technology, sometimes with niceties such as ice-cold air conditioning or a top-of-the-line sound system. Some have components that clearly tick the “cool factor” box, like an upgraded chassis, fuel injection, custom wheels, a creative paint job or a massive power plant under the hood.

Several spectacular, professionally built and award-winning Resto-Mod Corvettes will cross the Barrett-Jackson block during the 2023 Scottsdale Auction. Take a look at this gallery to preview the builds and register to bid today for your chance to take home one of these customized cruisers.


Pictured above is a 1966 Corvette, nicknamed “Blu My Mind,” is a fresh, custom Pro-Touring build by Michels Auto Design out of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, completed in 2022. It recently won the 2022 SEMA Battle of the Builders Young Guns category and is a 2022 Goodguys Cool Corvette award-winner.

It is powered by a GM supercharged LT5 crate engine delivering 755hp and 715 ft/lbs of torque mated to a GM 8L90 8-speed paddle-shifted automatic transmission. The engine breathes through a Jet-Hot-coated polished exhaust system with quad tips exiting through the tail panel. The Pro-Touring treatment starts with a Roadster Shop SPEC 7 chassis equipped with 2019 ZR1 spindles and control arms, power rack & pinion steering, and Camaro SS independent rear suspension with 3.73 gears. Stopping power is handled by yellow Corvette ZR1 Brembo electric-powered calipers clamping on 2019 ZR1 15-inch carbon-ceramic rotors.

The exterior is stunningly finished in PPG Laguna Blue two-stage paint over a Lamborghini Italian Crème leather custom interior featuring Dakota Digital VHX instrumentation set in a custom dash with a custom center console and a Vintage Air system. This Pro-Tourer rides on custom 19-inch Forgeline wheels wrapped in massive 355 rear rubber with 275 up front.

This custom 1959 Chevrolet Corvette roadster was designed and built by the Hot Rod Service Company in Campbell, California. Power comes from a Chevrolet LS7 engine with a custom camshaft and a custom-fabricated dual cold-air intake. The engine is mated to a Chevrolet 6L90E transmission turning a 3-inch aluminum driveshaft connected to a Currie Truetrac 9-inch rear end with 3.73 gears. The engine breathes through a stainless-steel, hand-fabricated 3-inch exhaust exiting through the bumper.

This roadster rides on a hand-fabricated boxed chassis that has been widened and stretched, along with a narrowed rear section for larger wheels. It features air ride with AccuAir suspension management and has Wilwood drilled and slotted rotors featuring 6-piston calipers, as well as Forgeline wheels. Finished in custom Triple Black, the exterior features a custom cove and trim enhancements, while the interior has a billet-trim custom dash and custom hand-stitched upholstery.

This 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Resto-Mod was completed in October 2022 by Jeff Hayes Customs and features a new GM LS3 540hp engine mated to a 4L70E automatic transmission. It rides on a new Art Morrison sport chassis with 4-wheel Wilwood disc brakes. The interior features a Vintage Air system, AM/FM Bluetooth stereo, power steering, power windows and a power hood. Custom Schott wheels and custom white line tires carry this classic, which is finished in a Dirty Martini Green exterior with a Buttercream interior and a matching cream cloth top.

This Pro-Touring 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window coupe received a complete restoration and a custom one-of-a-kind build from the ground up. The build started with a clean, original factory GM body that was rotisserie-restored and upgraded with the latest in modern technology. It was built on a custom SRIII Motorsports chassis fitted with C5 suspension and Baer 6-piston brakes on 14-inch cross-drilled rotors for maximum stopping power. The rear is a Dana 44 equipped with a 3.73 gear ratio and heavy-duty rear axles.

The chassis is equipped with coilover shocks with adjustable ride control. Steering is accomplished by a power rack & pinion system and a Flaming River steering column. Power is provided by a Mast Motorsports Black Label LS7 engine that produces 665hp and 575 ft/lbs of torque, mated to a TREMEC TKO 5-speed transmission to keep the interior tunnel size down.

The tailored interior impresses with custom Italian black leather featuring red double-stitching and a matching carpet. The custom carbon dash and door panels matched the car’s extensive engineering and fabrication time to accomplish the seamless tucked side-exit exhaust. The exterior is expertly finished in miles-deep black paint and optioned with tucked bumpers, a custom front spoiler and a custom rear diffuser. Keeping with the modern style, it also has custom side mirrors and front turn-signal driving lights. The custom Competition Sound system is sure to impress with updated GPS mapping, MP3 and Bluetooth capabilities, while upgraded shoulder harness seat belts keep the driver and passenger safe.