Anyone missed Bulgarian interior specialist Vilner? Well, either way, it’s good that their back because they’ve been workin on a classic muscle-car makeover, a legend if you will: the 1976 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray; and yes, it’s black – pearl brown, actually. And I love it!
Modifying an already gorgeous car can be considered quite easy, but on the other hand fiddling around with the stuff of legend can be tricky, and dangerous for your rep, so it ain’t a job for the average Joe. This requires talent and good taste, which is why Vilner seems to be the perfect candidate. First of all, this Corvette received some engine upgrades; the V8 5.7-liter received a new head, shafts and two twin carburetors from Edelbrock Performance, which resulted in an output of approximately 300 HP (220 kW). Seems a bit on the low side, but it’s fitting with the era and style this Corvette was originally built in.
On the outside, the glamorous paint-job and calf leather-wrapped targa roof trim with decorative stitching will definitely grab all attention – if the noise of that sweet growling engine won’t do that first. At the front, this Corvette features daytime running lights along with new turn signals while at the rear the taillights make use of LED technology.
If all else fails, when you open the door and notice the reworked interior you will definitely be impressed. The dashboard and the new calf-nappa leather used for the upholstery are designed to stay behind the wheel forever. McIntosh was responsible for the audio system, which boasts three amplifiers and a three-band front system from Ground Zero. The speedometer, tachometer and the rest of the dials have been redesigned and feature a modern touch, while for an extra touch of personalized feeling the seats were laser engraved. The wood elements found inside a 1976 Corvette were replaced with inserts made of Corian – a solid surface material made from acrylic polymer and alumina trihydrate, supposedly built to last longer. So, how about it: would you drive this beauty?