Everything has to do with its intended use case, to be more precise. That’s because while the example did enjoy a full body-off restoration some time ago, the new owner will not be the recipient of any prestigious awards at a Concours without shelling out a bucket load of extra cash for a return to (stock) former glory.
It’s certainly possible – the seller notes he’s still in possession of the original seats, radio, engine, transmission – and best of all, they’re all numbers matching. But it would be a shame to reshape this vintage cruiser, the racing setup suits it quite well, as far as we can tell.
So, if the future owner intends to go drag racing, it doesn’t seem to need much more work. According to the very detailed description, the powertrain now consists of a GM 350 pickup truck crate engine and NP 440 four-speed transmission (rebuilt during lockdown and with easy access thanks to removable crossmember), so it could “cruise all day on 87 octane regular gas.”
He also built a “custom 2.5-inch exhaust system with crankcase scavenging and electric cutouts with 5-inch stainless steel mufflers,” so it’s going to be the soul of the party anywhere it goes. Hopefully, it’s going to be of the tailgate nature, just prior to going all out on the track or drag strip during vintage Corvette gatherings...