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Video: Australian 1969 Corvette ZL1 Tribute

Affirmation that Aussies have great taste

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You have to give it to the Australians; they have excellent taste when it comes to cars. They emphasize excellent handling like the Europeans, but also enormously powerful engines like the States. It’s like the lovechild of Texas and the UK that’s been injected with growth hormone for the last 30 years. Take for example the amount of over-the-top V-8 builds going, some for dyno competitions and others for burnout contests. And then there’s this guy. Compared to the 900ci big-block powered family sedans that regularly explode tires in Australia, this 1969 Corvette is relatively tame. But most Americans would die a second after turning the key on this death machine.

Andy’s ’69 Stingray was built, he says, as a tribute to the ZL1. Except, instead of using an actual ZL1 block and a rational 427 cubic-inches, he uses the aftermarket Donovan aluminum block (made famous in Pro Stock) punched out to 540ci. He tops that with a set of Dart Pro1 325cc aluminum (or “aluminium”) heads and electronic fuel injection, so that he can drive it anywhere, anytime. Among those places includes the road course, which is quite a challenge controlling 755hp and 734 lb-ft of torque. The Stingray rides on CCW 18-inch wheels with sizeable meats and a combination of C6 and Wilwood binders to keep it under control. The trans is a Tremec TKO-600 5-speed manual because it would be boring otherwise, right? This guy…

The original 427 Stingray was a fantastic car for its time, but you have to give credit to this amazing creation and an owner that is not afraid to drive it on every piece of asphalt he can find. His road trip throughout the States immediately after purchasing the car really set the tone for its new life. Every modification on the ’69 Stingray since then seems to only serve the purpose of enhancing his enjoyment and use of the car. Our hat’s off to this perfect example of what Pro-Touring is all about.

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