1963 Chevrolet Corvette "Golden Glory" Is Not Your Typical Lowrider

1963 Chevrolet Corvette "Golden Glory" rendering 10 photos
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There are so many reasons to talk about the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette, the original Sting Ray, starting with the fact that its front-engined design prevailed over the mid/rear-engined layout proposed by Zora Arkus-Duntov, the man known as the patron saint of the Corvette. And while the details surrounding it can easily fill up a book, it's not common to place the C2 into the same sentence with "lowrider". Well, this is precisely what the rendering we have here does.
With '63 being the only year when the split rear window, a solution Duntov disliked over visibility concerns, was produced, only 10,594 such coupes were brought to the world.

Well, the one we have here is obviously a 3D model and while this may not make the proposal easier to digest for certain aficionados, it comes as the rendering world's tribute to the lowrider realm. Sure, such builds split opinions, but the attention to detail and depth of customization are assets that can't be taken away from them.

As a reminder, lowriders were born in the post-WWII economic boom - back then, there were many aficionados with money to spend on cars, but not all of them were fans of the hot rod trend, so the movement we're talking about was introduced as a counter-culture.

Now, Abimelec Arellano, the digital artist behind this pixel project, seems to have taken quite a bit of time to find a suitable way for this road-hugging transformation, with the cult status of its factory design being the key here. Oh, and as the pixel master aptly points out, each lowrider is unique, so don't take the last part of the title above literally.

As such, the Chevy now rides on wire wheels with knock-off hubs, which are shod in thin tires featuring the good old white sidewalls.

And while the side exhaust hardware was axed, the most important changes come at the back, where we find light clusters borrowed from a 1959 Caddy, along with a sleeker bumper integration.

Thus, if you could somehow look past the eye-catching Candy Yellow hue, with its lace motifs on the top section of the vehicle, you'd find this piece is not that different from the factory model.

The said finish has also made its way under the hood, where the 327 fuel-injected small-block V8, which offered 360 horses for 1963, also gets chrome accents.

Peeking into the cabin, we once again come across limited changes, with these including turned metal panels, a sparkle-painted dashboard and soft, brown leather.

Now, if you'd label this rendering as extreme, perhaps it would be best not to zoom in on another C2 Corvette Split Window we recently discussed, a time attack monster that Gas Monkey Garage is looking to bring to the real world.

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Whether you like Low Riders or not, you have to appreciate the fantastic effort and craftsmanship that goes into each real life build, plus, they are customs built with a lot of passion and truly, no Low Rider is the same, or even similar to one another. I just love that. I’ve been itching to do a Low Rider for a long time, but I just didn’t know how; I wanted to do a ‘62-‘64 Impala but at the same time, that would’ve been very “normal”, so the other day while I was planning to render a pro-touring C2 it struck me that instead, it could be a killer Low Rider. The rest is history. I wanted to keep it consistent, tasteful and above all, just good looking. The C2 is one of those cars that you don’t easily mess with, as the original lines might as well be considered perfect. It’s suspended on thin tires and wire wheels with knock-off hubs, side pipes removed, tighter-fitting rear bumper, ‘59 Cadillac taillights, and a candy yellow paintjob with a bit of lace graphics on top. The interior is largely stock except for some material choices, like the brown leather and sparkle-painted dash, along with turned metal panels on the instruments and glovebox. The early fuel-injected Chevy V8 is dressed in Chrome and matching paint. What do you think? Would you like to see more odd Low Riders? Hope you have a great day! û . . . . . . . . #chevrolet #corvette #stingray #c2 #lowrider #latino #low #slow #daytons #white #walls #candy #paint #metallic #yellow #lace #airbrush #fuel #injected #v8 #custom #3d #renders

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