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Restoration vs. Customization. Which has a Higher Value?

Classics, Sports Cars  /   /  By Neil J. Helfgot

eBay Listing: 1961 Chevrolet Corvette LS3 Pro Touring Custom Interior

Corvettes are great whether unmodified or highly modified. The C1 built from 1953-1962 was a monumental car for Chevrolet, and while some deserve to be preserved in their original form for posterity, those highly modified examples only seem to make the originals that much more special. We understand originality only happens once, but sometimes it takes enthusiasm for modified examples to make you truly appreciate an original car when you see it for what it is, and visa versa.

There are some cars with looks only a mother could love. This seemingly immaculate Corvette isn’t one of those cases. The style is one of a kind and the power put into these vintage chassis, well that is most definitely on our mind. A Corvette from 1960-1962 wouldn’t always be considered a slouch by today’s standards but when compared to a brand new 2014 Corvette, it might be lacking a certain performance factor.

1961 chevrolet corvette c1

A resto-mod or pro-touring Corvette, like the cars pictured in this listing, would be a simple solution for those who want that classic looks but with a more updated chassis and powertrain combination. With a huge aftermarket scene for Corvette enthusiasts, updating a classic is never entirely out of the realm of possibilities.

While some purists might argue that customization of a vehicle, especially a pristine original example, is sacrilege, we understand both points of view. In the debate of originality vs. customization, it takes a bitter winter to make you appreciate a toasty summer.

1961 chevrolet corvette c1

In the words of another analogy, it takes a lot of bad customizations to make you appreciate a clean original example. Conversely it takes seeing a sea of every color and option and specification of original cars to make you appreciate one well-done custom. The point? Both have their respective merits and each side of the debate makes the other more unique.

Wherever you stand it would be quite hard not to be able to appreciate the level of workmanship that went into building this clean Corvette. Even those with a staunch appreciation of originality should be able to see that something special was achieved with this car. For those among us who appreciate a good custom here is your chance to bid on a well-done example of what a C1 could become. Bid now while you still can.

Listing ends May 19, 2014 12:15 PM (PDT): 1961 Chevrolet Corvette LS3 Pro Touring Custom Interior

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  1. TC May 12, 2014 at 12:47 pm Reply

    If you know what you are doing you could truly create a one of a kind car. You need to spend some money to restore a classic that it makes sense to go a little extra. There wouldn’t be any arguments whichever way you choose. It is your car and you can do whatever you want with it. The only time you will see the real difference is when you are selling it. With highly customized automobile you will need to find a buyer who likes what you have done with it.

  2. Ray Tokarczyk May 12, 2014 at 2:32 pm Reply

    Awesome build….! Just finished a 1967 Big Block Cpt Pro-Tour, LS-1, 6spd., w/ AC, side exhaust, SOLD to the 1st caller….! How much is your 62 going for ? may be me !!!! Thank You, Ray(Humpty) Sarasota, FL.

  3. Allison May 12, 2014 at 3:24 pm Reply

    Great Looking Car .Love the look but in the long run stock cars are harder to come by . My 1961 Vette has Original Paint and is for sale currently listed here .

  4. Mark Koenig May 13, 2014 at 12:37 pm Reply

    I have a regularly driven 1962 Honduras Maroon Corvette 4-spd 250hp that I bought in 1967 that I’m assuming would now be considered a ‘survivor’.
    Thankfully I did very little to it over the years (headers, radiator, carpet, wheels….). The original paint/stainless/chrome have all held up surprisingly well. Not only do I prefer the original appearance, but I’d imagine the (however less-than-perfect) originality enhances the value.

  5. Kelly Dosch May 15, 2014 at 7:08 am Reply

    So,… what was the verdict? Although this custom job is unusually tasteful, most are abhorrent, repugnant, rolling hoochie traps. The title of this article is shamelessly misleading. It’s just a used car ad.

  6. Bart morgan May 15, 2014 at 6:29 pm Reply

    Every time I take my 1937 Packard to a car show someone tells me “it needs a 454 and a 700R in it”. It ain’t going to happen. Not in my lifetime.

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