For some Chevrolet Corvette connoisseurs, the early models designed by Harley Earl and engineered by Zora Arkus-Duntov best embody the style and performance that define this American sports car icon. A custom car builder in Mundelein, Ill., has combined that classic form with contemporary supercar underpinnings and created the Roadster Shop C1-RS convertible, the ideal ride for eye-catching, top-down cruising this summer.
The Roadster Shop crew begins with an original 1962 Corvette body and then adds aluminum and carbon-fiber components, plus wheels, finishes, and interior leather selected by the car’s owner. The C1-RS achieves 21st-century supercar performance thanks to a brand-new chassis and suspension, Brembo brakes, and a Chevrolet LS7 V-8 engine that produces 645 hp. (A 425 hp engine and an 850 hp supercharged engine are also available.)
The Roadster Shop, which spent 5,000 hours building the first car, plans to produce five examples and is offering each for a starting price of $250,000.
Roadster Shop,847.949.7637, www.roadstershop.com