This C2-Styled 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 'Stingray' Is a Headscratcher at $150K

Even though it's been cleanly done, the re-bodied C6 'Vette features a stock powertrain and love-it or hate-it looks.

2013 Karl Kustoms Chevrolet Corvette (Hero)
Streetside Classics

The second-generation Chevrolet Corvette is arguably one of the most sought-after and iconic American vehicles, but the problem with buying one these days is that it often comes coupled up with all the concerns and issues of classic car ownership. However, if you’re a diehard C2 Corvette fan and don’t want any of those headaches, national specialized dealer Streetside Classics might have something for you at its Dallas-Fort Worth location: a very unique 2013 Chevrolet Corvette “Karl Kustoms” Coupe.

It started life out as a more modern 2013 Chevrolet Corvette, complete with the LS3 6.2-liter V-8 found in later models of that generation and a GM 6L80 six-speed automatic. That means an output of 430 horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque. Then, the real modifications come in as its fiberglass exterior is completely remodeled to mimic the streamlined silhouette of the original C2’s body, specifically from the 1967 model year, all at the hands of Karl Kustoms in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Karl Kustoms Corvette even features electrically driven flip-up headlights integrated with low-profile projector-style headlights. You'll also period-correct fuel injection badging (even though fuel injection surfaced in 1957 for the first time) and a two-piece chrome-like bumper arrangement that pays tribute to the C2’s front end.

The changes pretty much end there, though, as the interior retains the same setup as the modern car allowing one to enjoy all the contemporary creature comforts like air conditioning, power windows, and a heads-up display, which wouldn’t be found in an original C2.

Still, the end result is, well, either a love-it or hate-it ordeal. But what really makes it a seemingly hard pill to swallow is its $149,995 asking price. That’s a lot of dough for what's essentially a re-bodied C6 Corvette, even if it is very cleanly done.