Jimmie Johnson's '71 Corvette Has A New Stingray V8 And It's So Badass

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Just when I think General Motors' SEMA offerings will be total duds this year, they go and totally redeem themselves with a very badass 1971 Corvette powered by a brand new LT1 crate motor from a modern Corvette Stingray. It's for Jimmie Johnson, a man who knows more than a little bit about speed.


I've been on record as saying that the C3 Corvette is my least favorite generation of America's sports car, mainly because the latter examples are so malaise-tastic they they're just kind of sad.

This Corvette has none of those issues, because under its hood lies the LT1 6.2-liter V8 that does duty in the modern C7. The engine has 460 horsepower and can be yours for just $11,000, or $11,250 for the dry sump version.

GM says that Johnson's restomod Corvette also has an updated chassis with adjustable coil-overs replacing the C3's original suspension. Other add-ons include brakes from the previous-generation Corvette Z06 and a dark silver-blue paint job.

More photos coming when the actual car is revealed. I want so desperately to hoon this wonderful mix of past and present. I bet it's a blast to drive.


Lipstick on a pig. That car is still malaisetastic regardless of engine swap. Now that engine in a C2 though would be a totally different story