The Corvette is the ultimate American muscle car. As with modifying any classic car, it is of the utmost importance to follow a few simple guidelines. Carefully planning and executing your modification draws praise and acceptance from the classic Corvette community while helping you keep pace with newer, more technologically advanced models.
There are essentially three popular types of modifications to perform on a classic car: performance, look and audio. While the Corvette has always been known for its speed, what was fast in the 1960s and 1970s is no longer considered fast today. Consider performance upgrades to your Corvette to shave seconds off of its quarter-mile time. These include high-performance air filters, air intakes, nitrous oxide systems and even dropping one of Chevy's big-block engines under the hood.
Some of the designs of the Corvette have not aged as gracefully as models produced during the 1950s and 1960s. These fiberglass monstrosities of the 80s and early-90s do not turn heads like they once did. Ditch the old wheels for shiny new chrome rims to gather a crowd. With new rims, high-performance tire options are available that give you traction. Replacing old, dim headlights, faded nameplates and emblems restore the genuine look of your classic auto.
While the best audio in a Corvette has always been the thunderous rumble coming out of the engine bay, an upgraded sound system in your classic car allows you to listen to modern formats, including MP3s, CDs and satellite radio. Upgrade the speakers, and add an amplifier, to get the ground shaking.
Any of these popular classic car modifications adds to the look, feel and performance of your cherished Corvette. Small upgrades make your car lurch forward just a little bit faster when you slam down on the pedal, while the big mods add substance almost impossible to find in even brand-new cars.