When it comes to pure aesthetics, few cars are as classically attractive as the first-generation Corvette. Compared to the larger, more wedge-shaped Corvettes of the 21st century, the classic models made from 1953 through 1962 are high on the priority list for car collectors the world over. Yet there are those who prefer the classic Corvette look with a more modern feel. While owning a classic car is a pleasure, it can also be a bit of a chore.
For those who would prefer something less labor-intensive and far more comfortable, we would suggest one of the Classic Reflection Roadsters, which is a C5 Corvette with styling borrowed heavily from the graceful 1962 Corvette, the year before the debut of the famed split-window model. Model number 78, built in 2010, sold for $93,500 at a recent RM Auction event.
These Classic Reflection Roadsters were created by Classic Reflection Coachworks, who have been dabbling in modern-turned-retro roadsters for more than 20 years. This is one ride that is all about the looks, with special care taken to replicate the exact proportions of the ‘62 Corvette. And boy did they hit the nail on the head. That’s about as close as you’re going to get without buying a real ‘62 Corvette body.
The engine, suspension, and transmission were all left stock, which still means 350 horsepower and a smoother ride than anything a stock ‘62 could offer. That brings up an important question though; if you could have all the modern creature comforts while riding in a classically styled car, would you want to?
We could see arguments for both sides; the purists who want to really experience these classic cars for what they are, and the guys more interested in cruising than talking shop. Which camp do you fall in?