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History The Robert Clews Corvette

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. Ryan
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    Ryan submitted a new blog post:

    The Robert Clews Corvette

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    Continue reading the Original Blog Post
     
  2. Moriarity
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    bitchin.... I have not seen this one before, pretty cool. I wish more people would customize corvettes today, like they did when they were new....
     
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  3. kidcampbell71
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    Agreed. I love today's pick.

    I also have another favorite. I aways liked the elusive late 50's Corvette that Gene Winfield modified and painted for Mike Sparrow. Other than a few black and white photos, it's been lost to the sands of time.

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    And that's all I have. Evidently, the side or interior shots, didn't out rank these chosen rear photos that day. Never seen further studies of this one either.

    Thank you for this thread. Great read.
     
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  4. VANDENPLAS
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    Just awsome !!
    Yeah the Bette is too collectable to gold chainers to customize!
    It’s a shame as they make killer customs
     
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  5. hansboomer
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    I always though the most obvious mod to a 53-57 Corvette would have been to replace grill with a 55 Belleayre grill, but I've never seen one. Those early grills belong on a DeSoto, not a sports car, but a Belleayre grill would make a C1 look like a Ferrari.
     
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  6. millersgarage
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    my uncle has a 60 Drag 'vette with the same dual chrome roll bars
     
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  7. Also in the "Corvette Quartette" article in August 1959 Hot rod. Looks like the same photos however, other than Robert and removing the background from the second one.

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  8. Ryan
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    Awe... that might explain how I saw it with my pops then...
     
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  9. proartguy
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    Ryan - the first time I saw Clews silver vette, about 1961, it was in his shop, American Auto Upholstery, which was located next door to your uncle Franks business, Air Service. A pretty notable car locally as it had been in HRM. Bob was in business around Reno for about 25 years. I have no idea where the vette went after the early sixties.
     
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  10. I've always liked this early version of the X-sonic.

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    These other two are very similar to each other and KEWL.
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  11. I love the early C1 Vettes, either stock or custom, but I think the headlight treatment on that one is off and detracts from the Vette's great design. Those posted by Scott T look great.
     
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  12. blowby
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    I love the C1s too, stock or hot rodded. I just don't see any of the custom mods here as an improvement over a perfect design. I know you can get drummed out of the core for saying so.. I do think other cars lend themselves well to customizing.

    And, I'm a customized Vette (C2) owner, so it isn't blue ribbon syndrome or whatever you call it. I did it too, flared the wheels, shaved, scooped.. Is it nicer than stock? Maybe not, that was 40 years ago, ain't going back now. 1004151634a.jpg
     
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  13. Moriarity
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    My 61 is really mild in comparison but I really like it and the “corvette “ people don’t... haha[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]



    I wanted it to look like a rich kid high schoolers car back in 62-63 or so


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  14. blowby
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    Nothing wrong with that Morarity. Still retains all the gorgeous lines. I have the triple tail lights too. Sometimes they even all work.

    I've toyed with the idea of trying to trade for a C1 many times. What has stopped me is a, I have too big a heart for my crap and seldom let go, b, it does ride really nice, been a long time since I've been in a C1, not the best rep for ride quality, but I'm sure that's and easy fix and c, as others eluded to, once you get a car titled in California and just send in the reg check every year, best to just die with it.
     
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  15. slowmotion
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    Never really was a fan of the first gen Corvette as a full custom. Like said, hard to improve on what's already damn near perfect. Something mild, like Moriarty's, I can dig. Go changing the lines and it becomes a slippery slope pretty quick. JMO, that's why there's chocolate and vanilla. :D
     
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  16. tb33anda3rd
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    looks like the car has the name painted in the scallop, but I can't read it.
     

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