The first one I had built when I was in Little Rock Arkansas 1984 by a place called County Corvette. It was a 1978 vette. The kit was the Eckler's Daytona widebody.
I sold it in 1988 to a guy that lived in PA. Not sure where it is now, but it did show up in a Corvette calendar in the early 2000.
I tried to locate my original in hopes of buying back with no luck, so decided to go the "build" route.
Living in Central Florida, I was able to easily contact the folks at Eckler's to learn they had destroyed their molds in the '90s. Also Greenwood that gone out of business and auctioned off all their molds and assorted parts laying around the warehouses.
I was able to scavange parts from a variety of different places, so the vehicle I'm finishing now is a hybrid Eckler's/Greenwood. There are some subtle and not so subtle differences so I had to do some "custom" work to get things to "fit".
I talked with the Eckler's folks at the NCRS show in Central Florida ithis past January and they said they are in the process of bringing back the Turbo and Daytona parts. There is a Corvette shop in Titusville called Stingrays just down the road from Eckler's that reportedly will be doing the fabrication.
I bought the "whale tail" from ShowCars out of Canada. It took a while and a ton of phone calls, but I finally got it. They advertise that they have all the parts, unfortunately they have got a pretty rough online rep and they're across the border making it a little tougher to "check up on the progress" of your order.
Vanacor was another outfit that was building some of the widebody parts, but they have closed. Not sure if their molds have passed hands or just sitting in a warehouse.
Too bad there's not an easy way to know how Daytona widebody's were ever built. There was one for sale at the Mecum auction here in Florida in Jan. Not sure if it sold or where it went, if it did. At the same show was one of the original 5 race ready cars made by Greenwood. I'm sure it was going for a pretty hefty pricetag.
Procketus, could you get the specs on those wheels your Club President has on his Daytona? I presently have 17 inch Torque Thrust II's on my Daytona but am thinking or going bigger. The brand new tires I have on it have begun to dry rot since it was sitting under a tarp for 10 plus years. So if I need new tires, it's a good time to look for different wheels. Thx...
Vette(s): 72 targa blue coupe, 74 brown small block coupe,85 yellow std. Coupe, 89 blue coupe
There is a 1976 wide body DAYTONA conversion here in Ontario. It's on kijiji.ca in a town called Hawkesbury. The car was built in the tacky eighties and has some crazy spoilers and such on it. He's looking for 34k...for a LONG time. I also have a set of the pontoon flares, never installed, from the 70's that I'm going to be making molds from.
Yeah, you definitely have to be careful with the paint job, striping and other mods that take the look of the body from race car to gaudy. Regardless what you do, though... it still says 80's. Mine is getting closer to getting on the road, but if I ever walk out to the garage and look at the car and it reminds me of too many nights at the Disco, you'll see it on Ebay....
New guy here in North GA.
I would be interested to know if those 2 in Atlanta behind the shop are available. I am looking at getting a wide body 78-82 Corvette at some point. It will be my first Corvette I hope. Missed one on Craigslist Atlanta last month.
Vette(s): 1975 Stingray Nomad Wagon, with Daytona front, custom hood scoop, dual side vents; 420HP 350; Doug Nash 5 speed; 1980 rear end W/4:11 gears; Cherry Red metallic paint.
Everybody has different feelings about my Cherry Love, but as I always say, you build your the way you like it, this is the way i like mine. BTW, they are not oversized side gills, what is on the fenders are a kit that is/was sold in most aftermarket catalogs, just called side vents. See how many places carried them, must have been a bit of a market, i know i didnt buy the only ones. Funny you should mention the hood, getting that 67 scoop on the there was the hardest part of the job, it took the guy, a professional fiberglass man, more than 40 hours to cut and mold it on, and i have never had anybody who has seen it in person think it looks bad. The usual word used is "mean". You may have missed that it has louvers down the top of it? The majority of the people who knock Cherry Love are the local vette club purists, who think that the only good vette is a totally original one. Since mine is just a daily 75 done up, i don't see where it mattered what was done to the body. If it were rare or low milage or collectable, i could see knocking it. I do hope, Gary, that your Vette makes you as happy as Cherry Love does me
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Vette(s): 1974 Corvette Convertible 454-4 speed Red / Tan leather / Tan top Frame-on restored driver. SOLD ON DECEMBER 20, 2014 to KCMotorCo.
There is a 1973 Corvette Widebody for sale on Ebay right now....ends in three days.....item # 301401408054........it is located in Indiana and his buy-it-now is $ 15,900......if you hurry you can look at it on Ebay.
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