Bill Lofgren of Portland, Oregon, has memories of a dear friend built into the modifications of this 65. Bills childhood pal, Bruce Stevenson, bought the car when it was about a year old. It was a race car then with a built 396. Bruce ran the car long and hard, eventually replacing the 396 with a 427. Bruce had many other cars, and developed a long relationship with Steve Frisbee of Steves Auto Restorations in Gesham, Oregon. Bruce and Steve became close friends, and many cars passed through the shops doors. Longtime employee and master car builder Dave Eckert was there when Bruce brought in the 65 for a total makeover. When you build a project for a customer from the ground up, you get to know him very well, and Bruce and Dave became very close. Dave and his crew were devastated when Bruce suddenly passed away.
The 65 was only half done then, and the family sold the car to Bruces old buddy, Bill. Bill planned to finish the project himself, but when he realized the complexity of it, he decided to have Steves Auto Restorations (S.A.R.) help him. After talking with Steves crew, Bill decided to see the project through as his departed friend Bruce would have liked it.
That isnt the factory silver paintits Silver Mist, a Toyota shade! Air conditioning is by Vintage Air and S.A.R. The redesign of the front spoiler, hood ducts, and wheel flares offer telltale clues about what lies underneath. That front spoiler has a built-in engine oil cooler, and ducts to cool the front brakes. A good share of a 93 ZR-1 is plugged into the revamped frame of the old car, and it boasts steering, brakes, and suspension components from 96 Corvette technology. Dave Eckert modified the frame in such a way that the car has a 50/50 balance, 1,700 pounds front and 1,700 pounds rear, and he says with its LT5 engine turning 450 hp, it will outrun any Corvette on the road.
Bill Lofgren can be proud that he has carried out his friends dream, making it his own. This timeless Corvette is classic in design, improved with modern technology. Its tag reads, appropriately, 65ZR1.