Ares Design Restomods The Original C2 Corvette Stingray With LS3 V8 Power

Want an original C2 Corvette Stingray, but with the benefits of modern technology? Ares Design can hook you up… for a price.

The Modenese coachbuilder has revealed a number of projects it has underway, and the Stingray looks like one of the most tempting.

The undertaking starts with the Corvettes built in the 1960s and brings them up to modern standards. That includes a more potent powertrain in the form of an LS3 crate engine, like the one you’d find in a newer C6 Corvette (built between 2005 and 2013).

The 6.2-liter V8 engine is tuned to produce 518 horsepower, channeled to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transmission and a Viper Hammerhead differential.

Fitting the new engine requires plugging up the 23 original holes in the firewall and drilling new ones for a fresh wiring harness. It also entails fitting a custom fuel tank, modifying the wheel wells, mounting a new exhaust, and installing a 427-style bulged hood.

The engine isn’t the only part of the project that’s received attention, though. Ares Design has also completely stripped the bodywork and interior. The exterior is resprayed in gloss black, and the cabin upholstered in fresh leather, with refurbished seats and modern electronics. That includes a hidden stereo, 500-watt Alpine amp, USB ports, and Bluetooth connectivity. The dials are refurbished with LED lighting, and both the and doors windows are now power-operated.

The whole thing rides on 19-inch wheels up front, and 20-inchers at the back, with LED headlights to provide better illumination.

The finished product looks at least as comprehensive as projects like Eagle’s take on the Jaguar E-Type or Singer’s on the Porsche 911. Ares has already completed the first example (pictured), and will make one for you as well. All it’ll take is the small matter of €350,000-400,000, or about $436-500k at current exchange rates.

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  • Bo Hanan

    I thought WOW when I saw the first photo. And then brilliant when I saw what was under the hood. Perfection!

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Somehow amplifies the Italian design language present in some of GM’s offerings of that era.
    The first company to create these restomods at reasonable prices (under $50k) will dominate this new niche and sell well.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Those wheels! Ugh!

  • roy

    Now that’s one helluva car.



    Wheels are a little too big IMO but overall, very nice.

    • Six Thousand Times

      A lot too big. Sixties cars need more sidewall.

    • Six_Tymes

      I agree, I think just one inch diameter smaller would be spot on

  • Six Thousand Times

    The huge wheels and rubber-band tires look so wrong.

  • Six_Tymes

    lovely, just lower the diameter of the wheel size down just 1 inch and this would be perfection.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Awesome implementation.


    Very nice.
    Let’s see ’em do it full electric.
    *dons riot protective gear*

    • wait a minute

      Retro classics with EV power looks to be a growing trend this vette is nice with it’s LS engine.

    • TheHake

      Riot gear is not going to save you from burning at the stake.

  • Julien Lachemoi

    What a gorgeous thing.

  • TheHake

    Fantastic! That said, I’m relieved they didn’t sacrifice a Split Window for this!

  • BrucieBruce

    Oh so I love this machine. Further, if anyone can afford $300K Euro for the car, they can afford a few thousand to swap the rims to OEM style. So this is a real winner !!!

  • William Henry

    I do not want the car. Please give me the wheels only!

  • Jim Ragland

    Love it…

  • The rims are too big for my taste, but I’m in!

  • What you guys didn’t know, Auto Classic has done road test on it.

    The result? the LS transplantation is rough and not exactly finished product like Singer or Eagle. So I still have a doubt against Ares.

  • Rick Alexander

    From a visual perspective, this car is the business. Complains in regards to wheel size are silly. This is NOT a restoration. It’s called a restomod for a reason. As mentioned by BrucieBruce, if you can afford the price of entry, changing the wheels shouldn’t be a deal breaker. The biggest issue I have, is the price. I’m not mad at Ares, if they can command such an entry fee. However, $150 – 250,000 would probably be a more realistic, as well as palatable amount. Now, what’s with only offering one color?

  • psiqtas

    With that con air filter design-solution they lost a bit of power – where’s the heat shield? Damn engine rookies!

  • JBsC6

    Priced a bit out of reality but for those that have that amount lying around…still seems over priced…better to just buy a new corvette. Or 5 of them…the car is cool but the price is absurd.

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