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If you’re interested in a "Split Window" C2 Chevrolet Corvette, and I think nearly all car enthusiasts are, you’ve probably realized that prices have gone stratospheric — with really nice examples selling for $150,000 or much more. Then there’s the other obvious problem with a C2 Corvette: It’s an old car, so it won’t have any modern conveniences or luxuries or safety features. That’s not great news if you actually want to use your Corvette.

So here’s an alternative. This is a 2013 Chevy Corvette that’s been modified to look like a 1960s Split Window model, meaning it has all the underpinnings — and technology, and safety equipment — of a 2013 Corvette, but the look of a 1960s model. Unfortunately, it doesn’t precisely have the look of a 1960s model, as the Split Window body doesn’t precisely fit on the 2013 Corvette frame — but you get the idea.

If you’re wondering how this came to be, it was made by a company called Karl Kustoms, in Iowa, which modified Corvette models in this way — to look like older versions than they actually are. This particular Vette has traveled just 1,948 miles since new, making it a well-kept, well-preserved example of this unusually modified Corvette. Its look will certainly appeal to some shoppers who want the C2 Corvette look without the hassle of owning an older car.

Unfortunately, it’s not much of a bargain compared to the "real thing." This Split Window conversion is offered by Ryan Friedman Motorcars in Valley Stream, New York, and it’s listed for $145,995 — big money for a 2013 Corvette. Still, it’s a special 2013 Corvette, and it’ll likely find a buyer who longs for the old nostalgia — but not the hassle — of the 1960s Corvette. Find a Chevrolet Corvette for sale

Editor’s Note: This vehicle has sold since the article was originally written.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. The rake of the A-pillar really messes up the lines. It makes the car look like it got bent in the middle. It’s still interesting, but there’s is absolutely nothing about this that makes it worth six figures.

  2. Kind of odd that the replica has three tail lights on each side while the original only had two tail lights on each side. Is there a regulation that made them do that or is there another reason.

    In a way it makes it look like the Coquette Classic from GTA V/Online. 
  3. Thats way too much money. I actually like it in the same way I like the Trans Am conversations they’re doing on the new Camaros but they’re worth about a $5000 premium to me over a regular one. I get that it was expensive to make its just not worth it to me especially when you can just buy all the “original” body panels and make one that actually looks like the real thing for 1/3 of the price with all the modern amenities. 

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Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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