We are going to take a big step back in time and reintroduce with ’59 Vette, one of the most memorable and legendary cars in the history of the model, with its 283 inch V8s under the hood and perfect design and classical style that takes in the moment when Corvette was the only true sports car in America.
And the model we are about to present is true time traveler due to its three and a half decades journey aboard an old school bus. In 1972, Ron Renick have parked it inside the cabin of that wrecked school bus after purchasing it for $ 200.
Right away Ron realize that he got an original fuelly car, a rare specimen that was produced only in 745 units with RPO 579 D 290 HP, solid lifter cammed and 283 fuel injection system. The reason why it stayed that long stored in this unusual place was because he did not have enough money and time for a restoration.
Check the photos of this beauty!
Than in 2004, Ron came across a magazine article in which it was described how another `66 Corvette was restored and transformed in a real beauty out from a burned out wreckage. This was a fire starter that set him in motion to find somebody to help him do the same thing to his Corvette.
Soon after, he made a trip to Carlisle where he found the man who will help him bring back to life his sleepy beauty, David Rieger. The man started to work on the car few months later, in December and in the mean time, Ron was searching for correct parts, which was not such a hard job, with the exception of the engine. His original 283 was long gone so he had to find a new one, not an easy task, but eventually he found a source for a correct ’59 283 in Classic Engine Company in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
After this problem was solved, thing started to come in the right order. Later he had found one original part of the ’59 from a man Lanny Shields, who kept it for years.
And when he gathered all parts needed, the restoration process was ready to start. Ashcraft Racing Engines in Butler, Pennsylvania built the 283 according to the manufacturer`s specs and the right and correct fuel injection unit was added. Ron had David restore the C1 according to NCRS standards and now they have placed a correct Borg Warner T 10 four speed. Of course, the chassis and powertrain, as well as the entire interior of the C1 got a completely new and fresh looks in red. In other word, that wrecked up thing that had spend 35 years inside the school bus, very soon looked like it had just came out of the assembly line.