Modernized Stingray: Heartland Customs’ 1971 Corvette

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If money was no object and you were given permission to build and create a modernized version of your favorite Corvette, how would you do it? Could you do it? Well, here’s an idea for you: Heartland Customs teamed up with CTEK to build a 1971 Corvette for Jack from Austin, Texas, and they really made this C3 look and act much younger than it really is.


It started out as a “normal” 1971 Corvette, but it pretty much stopped being anywhere close to normal once it hit the floor at Heartland Customs in Purcell, Oklahoma. From that point, a SPECVETTE Chassis replaced the original from GM, so it could get a fully independent and narrowed suspension with rack-and-pinion steering and electronic ride control. It also let them install a GM Performance Parts LS7 with a Magnuson supercharger and a T56 Magnum transmission.


The electronically assisted six-piston brakes use C6 ZO6 rotors while they sit behind one-off, CNC machined Rallye replica wheels in a more modern size.


Inside is a fully custom interior that features a Vintage Air A/C system that is controlled by a touchscreen that sits in front of the shifter. The stereo is a Pioneer touchscreen with APPRadio, Navigation, and a multi-speaker system with a hidden subwoofer. To keep that battery happy with all of those new electronics, a CTEK battery management system was also installed.


Outside, the lights have all been converted to LED, while the pop-up headlights have been removed and replaced by HID fixed units just under the front bumper. To start the Stingray, you need the right RFID reader, despite being a push button starter. That amazing red is a PPG Deltron base and the clear is a Candy Georgia Red with Matte Steel Cities Grey stripes.


It’s an amazing car and Jack, the owner, couldn’t have been happier during the SEMA reveal, as you can see above. What an amazing job done by Heartland Customs. Don’t you think?

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Justin Banner is a regular contributor to LS1Tech and JK Forum, among other auto sites.

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