1967 Chevrolet Corvette - Little Red Rocket

Nu Vintage's LS2-Powered '67 Is Ready For Lift-Off

Jeremy D. Clough Sep 14, 2007 0 Comment(s)
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It's never enough to make a car go fast-it's got to stop fast, too. This Nu Vintage '65 employs '96 Grand Sport calipers and cross-drilled 13-inch rotors, while Durham's car gets by with a stock J55 setup.

It's what Corvettes are for, folks, and by the time Durham was finished going through as many gears as we could safely access on a public road, he and I were both laughing like a couple of schoolboys. It's true: The worst day with your Corvette is better than . . . well, most other things.

While the Nu Vintage '67 wasn't the first fire-breathing midyear into whose seats I'd dropped, there was a profound difference between it and the others. Where most early Vettes have a tenuous, wandering feel-the sensation of just barely being on top of something raw and powerful, but only nominally in control of it-from the passenger's seat the Nu Vintage car felt solid, as though it were well and truly connected to the ground. In the place of the chassis flex you would expect, it felt flat, firm and responsive. Power delivery was instantaneous and seemingly endless, while braking was controllable and certain.

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The Street Shop chassis' greatest advantage may be its C4-style five-bar rear suspension, which eliminates the sudden, half-shaft-controlled camber changes that plagued the C2/C3 setup. Aldan American coilovers add to the improvement, as does the reduced unsprung weight of the aluminum halfshafts, hub and knuckle.

In short, the car delivered everything you would expect from a Corvette made in the past 10 years. This is the paradigm shift that Nu Vintage represents. The resto crowd carries the tremendous burden of keeping our history alive, while also ensuring there's enough of a market to keep factory-spec Vette parts in production. But that's not for all Corvettes, and it's not for all Corvette owners. Some cars are simply too far gone-too damaged, customized, or just plain deteriorated-to be candidates for a code-correct rebuild, and many Vette owners don't want to incur the risk of using a pristine showpiece as a daily driver.

The Nu Vintage approach, meanwhile, represents a respectful way to bring older-generation Corvettes up to modern performance levels, ensuring that the can not only can be owned, but also enjoyed, well into the future.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to see their LS7-powered '65.

Sources

Street Shop, Inc.
Athens, AL 35611
256-233-5809
www.streetshopinc.com
Nu Vintage Corvettes
Harvest, AL 35749

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