|‘Car guys’ mix old and new to create classic Corvette look|
Classic Corvette car lovers across America may soon be looking toward Nebraska for a hybrid design created right here in Aurora.
The February edition of Corvette Fever magazine tells the story of three “car guys” who combined their passion for classic automobiles with years of fiberglass experience. Eighteen months after their project began, the end result is an eye-popping reproduction of a 1963 split-window Sting Ray coupe body, featuring a 1993 powertrain and chassis hidden underneath.
“The whole idea for this project was to have a car with a late model suspension and drive train that you can go down the interstate with, but still have that nostalgic Corvette look, too,” explained Dan Gernstein, owner of A-1 Fiberglass, which has locations in Aurora, Hastings, Fremont and Montezuma, Iowa. “This is a fun car to get out and go in. That’s what we started out to do, and that’s what we ended up with.”
The “we” in this case includes Gary Berthelsen of Aurora and Jim Hatch of Grand Island, whom Gernstein credited for taking the concept from vision to Vette. Berthelsen is A-1’s design and mold manager, while Hatch does contract work for a new local company called Classic Glass.