Power comes from a correct 283 cubic inch V8, which makes all the right sounds and delivers crisp performance. It certainly looks right in the older ‘Vette, wearing finned cast aluminum valve covers with ‘Corvette’ script, a classic louvered air cleaner, and chrome ignition shield, not to mention some Chevy Orange paint. A modern alternator is a nice upgrade for reliability’s sake, and the aftermarket A/C system was tucked away on the side to almost keep it out of sight. Ram’s horn exhaust manifolds help control heat and noise, critical in a car made of plastic, and feed a great-sounding Flowmaster dual exhaust system. The underside is ideal for driving because it hasn’t been over-restored, and the thought of putting this car on a trailer seems ridiculous. Fat 225/70/15 blackwall radials on Eagle Alloy wheels alter the look just enough to get noticed.

Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States