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Customizing the body was not considered necessary, what was needed was a wolf-like chassis and drivetrain to purr
beneath the sweet sheep's clothing

Steve Pratt's Awesome '53 Vette

Lets face it, an 80-year-old man with glasses and no teeth
could get dates if he held the keys to this machine.

by Boyd Coddington, Jr. & Wild About Cars Staff - reprint with permission only

The history of the "only true American sports car" has seen a tradition of innovation, exploration of performance technology and always-edgy styling that started with this shape you see here, little changed from it's 1953 intro appearance.

With our 20/20 hindsight, we might not think the first ‘Vettes were that cool, but in those early years it's clean roadster shape and rocket-booster taillights were a galaxy away from the stodgy passenger cars of the time.

For the Boyd Coddington Garage to tackle one of these rare beauties, customizing the body was not considered necessary, what was needed was a wolf-like chassis and drivetrain to purr beneath the sweet sheep's clothing. Thus, an Art Morrison GT Sport tubular chassis was made to order and fitted with Corvette C5 front suspension, six-piston Wilwood disc brakes, triangulated four-bar rear end, and the goodies and geometry required to put "now" (great) handling under that "then" body.

Given the Corvettes we're used to today, it's hard to imagine that the one thing lacking in the early ‘Vettes was performance to match the sexy shape. For 1953 and 54, they had a warmed-over Chevrolet passenger car six-cylinder and were fitted with Chevrolet's two-speed iron-case Powerglide automatic.

We solved this motivational issue with the injection of an up-to-date Chevrolet LS2 motor and a rugged Richmond five-speed stick trans. We then topped the engine with custom valve covers that disguise the LS2's individual spark plug coils, adding later-'Vette-styled fins and lettering. Further, we made a new engine top that had a finned "plenum" made to look like the Rochester Fuel Injection units of the late 50s and 60s . . .

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When it comes to rare muscle cars, the 1965 Chevelle SS 396 should be at the top of your list. Only 201 of these babies were produced, and all were powered by the same motor found in the 1965 Corvette 396 - that one rated at 425 HP. The Z16 396 used hydraulic lifters rather than the Vette's solids, but the 375 HP rating was likely modest at best. As Motor Trend said in their report "The way horsepower fig urea are bandied about, we never know what to expect. But this one's got it from idle to red line" . . .

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Before we get into Motor Trend's tests the two 1964 Pontiac Catalinas, we need to remember that 95% of the big Pontiacs sold each and every year were your typical family conveyance. But Pontiac brass knew that many of the drivers wanted to feel like Fireball Roberts did when they climbed behind the wheel, so they made sure there was a performance version for each line. So for 1964, the Catalina received the 2+2. As such, they tested a 421 2+2 and a 389 standard Catalina. Check out what they had to say about both.

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As four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon said, "The world is right right now, since Dale Jr. just won the Daytona 500." Indeed, the world is bit "righter" now than it was when Saturday night turned into Sunday morning. That's because Junior withstood a furious late-race charge from a host of drivers to win the rain-delayed Daytona 500 at Daytona International Raceway. It was Junior's second career 500 victory, coming a full decade after his first in 2004. . .

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