Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach: Chevy customs

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach: Chevy customs

The 1962 Chevrolet Corvette was quick, with two new engine options available.

Editors note: This is the third in a 10-day series featuring cars of interest to be sold this month at Barrett-Jacksons Palm Beach Auction.

1962 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible

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1962 Chevrolet Corvette | Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

The 1962 Chevrolet Corvette was quick, with two new engine options available. This also was the last model year with a solid-rear-axle suspension that had been used since the beginning. This was the last year exposed headlights were shown as well as the optional power convertible top, and the first time rocker panel trim was seen.

Seemingly no expense was spared in this ’62 resto-mod Corvette. The car was designed and built by D & D Specialty Cars for competition and features a state-of-the-art dry sump LS7 427/505-horsepower engine with one-of-a-kind intake, Tremec 6-speed transmission and custom 9-inch independent rear axle with inboard brakes.

This stunning vehicle rides on a custom Art Morrison chassis with coilover suspension and 6-piston Wilwood brakes. Custom-made Billet Specialties wheels are unique to this car only. High-grade custom leather upholstery and interior finishes, custom-built gauges by Classic Instruments and one-off House of Kolor red exterior paint.

1957 Chevrolet 3100 custom pickup

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1957 Chevrolet 3100 | Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

As part of the second series of Chevrolet trucks in the 1950s, the 1957 Chevrolet 3100 was the only year to feature an open grille with a flatter hood similar to the ’57 Bel Air.

This customized 1957 Chevrolet 3100 Deluxe Cab is black with red custom interior and panoramic window. A frame-off restoration has been done which includes all of today’s modern luxuries while maintaining the style of a classic pickup.

Restoration began with media blasting, smoothing the original firewall and door jambs, and installing Bearclaw door latches.

Additions to the chassis include Heidts Superide II independent front suspension, 4-wheel power Wilwood disc brakes and Heidts 4-link rear suspension with a 3.73 posi-traction rear axle. Billet coilovers on all four corners and Boyd Coddington wheels complete the chassis.

This LS2 engine, backed by a 4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission, provides performance. Mandrel exhaust system enhances the sound of the 400 horses under the hood.

Inside the Deluxe Cab you find many modern options, such as Vintage Air and heat, Custom Auto Sound, power windows, billet air conditioning vents, Lokar door handles and shifter.

Barrett-Jacksons 13th annual Palm Beach Auction is April 17-19 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Coverage of the event will be broadcast on Velocity and Discovery during 19 hours of live, high-definition television beginning Friday, April 17, at 12 p.m. EDT.

Telecast Schedule:

Friday, April 17, 12-8 p.m. EDT Velocity

Saturday, April 18, 2-5 p.m. EDT Discovery

Saturday, April 18, 5-8 p.m. EDT Velocity

Sunday, April 19, 12-5 p.m. EDT – Velocity

 

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