The 265 cubic inch V8 under the hood should need no introduction, and by dropping it between the Corvette’s fenders, Zora Arkus-Duntov managed to save Chevy’s plastic fantastic from extinction. We have every reason to believe this is the car’s original engine, but there’s no way to know for sure, but it certainly looks right under the forward-tilting hood. Topped with a chrome air cleaner and matching valve covers, it looks suitably flashy for the Chevy flagship and many of the details are correct, from the generator to the cast iron master cylinder. Bright Chevy Orange paint makes it identifiable at a glance and it runs beautifully with a smooth purr from the dual glasspack-style mufflers underneath. The transmission shifts well, waiting until you’re just sure it won’t shift then dropping happily into high gear and urging the Corvette forward. The undercarriage was obviously nicely finished when it was restored, although it now shows some signs of use and age but that’s really not a surprise on something this much fun to drive. Proper 6.70-15 BFGoodrich Silvertown wide whitewall tires are installed, which is the only choice, especially with stock wheels and hubcaps.

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Location: Fort Worth, Texas, United States