The well-known NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson teamed up with Chevrolet in order to personalize a vintage 1972 Corvette. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2014 SEMA Show and it is powered by a new LT1 crate engine that produces a staggering 460 hp. The crate engine was delivered by Chevrolet Performance and it is offered in wet sump for $11,000, while the dry sump version costs $11,250.
In addition, Chevrolet offers the electronic controller and harness as well as a front-end accessory drive system to support engine integration. According to the press release, some custom fabrication by the Chevrolet team was required to install the engine in the old Corvette.
The engine is bolted to a new Super Magnum six-speed manual transmission offered by Chevrolet Performance for retro-fit installations. The controller/harness kit is priced at $2,250, while the front-end accessory drive kit costs $725.
For improved handling, the C3 Corvette received adjustable coil-overs that replace the front and rear suspension components, while new brakes taken from a C6 Corvette Z06 ensure an exceptional stopping power.
A new hood featuring a custom vent was also installed and is inspired by the current C7 Corvette, while the new 18-inch wheels are inspired by the original 15-inch rally wheels offered by the 1971 Corvette.
The design is completed by the restyled front fender vents, the unique silver-blue exterior color and by the After Midnight dark silver trim accents and Satin Dark Android graphic accents.
The interior was upgraded too and shows original-style bucket seats wrapped in black leather with suede inserts, a three-spoke steering wheel, carbon fiber accents as well as Johnson’s signature on the floor console, door panels and seat backs.