When building a hot rod or restoring a classic, there are certain aspects that can be wildly ignored—it's all about the power, the looks and the numbers-matching parts. More often than not it's the small but important items like, oh, you know, mirrors that can easily be forgotten. But, during the restoration of our 1968 Corvette we were not about to let even the smallest detail slip by.
Back in the day, cars were not required to have a sideview mirror on both the driver and passenger sides. In the '60s they only needed to have one sideview mirror located on the driver side to help with that pesky blind spot behind your left shoulder (which, mind you, was a substantial improvement over no the mirror requirement just a few years prior). These days, it seems, mirrors are all but a thing of the past with the widespread use of backup cameras and blind spot monitors found in modern cars. Since we aren't going full high-tech restomod with this C3, the least we could do for our single-sideview-mirror-equipped Corvette was install a second mirror on the passenger side.
This is where Corvette Central comes in. They offer an aftermarket passenger-side mirror that matches the factory mirror on the driver side to a tee. The install process is short and sweet, but don't let that cloud your attention to detail—after all, it affects the exterior of your beloved Corvette. Vette
Hot Rods By Dean
Photographs by Brian Brennan