Instead of a Blue Flame Six under the hood, this ‘Vette offers a proper V8; 400 cubic inches to be exact. The small block is a neat fit in the ’54’s engine bay and has all the modern upgrades that make it a blast to drive. Chrome dress-up, a mild Performance Cam, Holley 4-barrel carb, aluminum heads, and things like 12-volt electrical system with alternator and a big aluminum radiator, aluminum warer pump and electric fan up front help ensure cool reliability. It starts easily and in the relatively light weight Corvette, performance is impressive. A TH350 automatic transmission snaps through the gears and with 3.50 gears on a limited slip out back, it’s snappy off the line. The suspension is fairly stock but does a good job of planting that horsepower and keeping the car on track, and the exhaust note is pure American muscle with Flowmasters and Hooker long-tube headers. Chrome wheels are the right choice on a car like this and they’re wearing 215/65/15 BFG radials all around.

Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States