Not all restomods are successful, but some of them, like this 2001 Corvette Z06 “1953 Commemorative Edition by AAT”, come very close to hitting the sweet spot.
This rather unusual Corvette is a custom creation based off a 2001 Z06 designed by Advanced Automotive Technologies and built in limited numbers. While there isn’t a definitive number for the total of rebodied “1953 Commemorative” Corvettes manufactured (some claim that around 200 of them were made), this example is only one of the six Z06s converted by ATT.
Finished in red over a black interior, this Corvette Z06 had its fiberglass body panels replaced with new ones, designed to evoke the classic styling of the original. All new panels were fixed in the same points with the original ones, the only modification being a small recess cut into the trunk for clearance.
Since there’s no structural modifications involved, this should drive like any factory-standard Corvette Z06 of its era. The combination of the classic looks with the more modern C5 underpinnings might put of car collectors who won’t settle for anything else than the real thing.
The specific example was formerly part of the Ken Lingenfelter collection, with the odometer showing just 9,300 miles. It also happens to feature a modified LS6 by John Lingenfelter.
Unfortunately, the listing on Mecum Auctions doesn’t provide any further info on the powertrain mods, but those interested in finding out should keep an eye on the 2019 Kissimmee Auction that will take place between January 3 to 13.