This 1979 Corvette is named Sylvia, and belongs to Stephanie. Purchased in March of 2000, I bought her from the original owner with only 44,040 miles, and twenty-one years of paperwork! She was in original factory condition, though the owner had let her upkeep slide a bit. She began life as a Frost Beige exterior, with beige leather interior, and that nasty saddle colored carpet! I’ve loved her back to life, and hope you enjoy the restoration process photos – it was quite unnerving!
I had it painted at a well-known shop in Carlsbad (I will have taken her back in THREE times before the paint is done properly!), molded new Truflex bumpers on front and rear, and painted her Light Beech Firemist Metallic, an 84 GM Cadillac color. The leopard graphics were done by Chuck Parker of Oceanside, a very well known airbrush artist and I am thrilled with the results! Rindy Awalt of Ramona worked with me on creating the interior – fully custom, except for the new leather Corvette Central seats. He hand-sewed imported Mercedes carpeting in, created all-new lower kick and console panels, and used my leopard fabric for inserts in the heel pads, door panels and seat backs. It’s the interior GM should have made!
I wear surgical shoe covers when I drive and so do my passengers! I had the original wheels polished by EDDCO in Santee, who remounted and rebalanced the new T/A radials – they look great. I’ve finally learned that, after having three Vettes, THIS is one I’ll keep – sold my ’64 Roadster back in the early 80’s, but back then, I would’ve sold my mother for designer shoes…. with what I just spent on Sylvia’s plastic surgery, I’ll have to keep her! Hope you enjoyed the tour… By the way, did you notice the molded bumpers?