When you open the hood, you’re greeted to something the ’53 Corvette never had V8 power. The small block motor would help fulfill the Corvette legend later in life, and so it’s nice to have it under the hood of this ’53 tribute. It presents well with the bright air cleaner and valve covers. Plus, these 350 cubic-inch V8s are some of the best for affordable and reliable upgrades, and this one already has a nice Holley four-barrel carburetor. So it’s the kind roadster that you can enjoy today, and fantasize about what you’ll do with it in the future. Underneath you have later suspension components from a Nova, and so care and maintenance is a snap. Also adapted from GM’s affordable parts are comfortable features such as a three-speed automatic transmission, power brakes, and power steering.

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