Trying to Rebody a New C8 Corvette Into a C2 Stingray

Someone is trying to convert a brand-new C8 Corvette into a C2 Stingray. No, we are not kidding. It is an actual project which is taking shape now. It’s an ambitious plan not for the faint of heart.

What’s this C8 Corvette owner doing?

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C8 Corvette rebodied into a C2 Stingray | Reddit

For starters, just the proportions of the C8 alone means this isn’t trying to look like a 1963 Corvette Split-Window. What it will be is a sort of futuristic slant on a 1963 Corvette. And judging by the other fiberglass conversions and body pieces scattered around the shop, whoever is doing this knows how. 

Images of the Corvette mashup popped up on a subreddit but don’t reveal the project’s owner. The poster says he’s known the owner for years and that he has done other fiberglass Corvette conversions. However, those look like they were done from kits. This is no kit; at least not yet.

How easy will this C8 Corvette conversion be to pull off?

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C8 Corvette rebodied into a C2 Stingray | Reddit

The good thing for the builder is that he probably won’t touch the Corvette’s upper. So all of the conversion will take place below the beltline. Starting his way from the rear of the car, he is just now attacking the front. And yes, it will incorporate the famous hidden headlights. 

The trick, and work, when it comes to creating these conversions, is how they attach to the existing platform. With the Karl Chevrolet C2 Corvette conversions for the C6, it used the existing attachment points, hinging, and door jambs. So technically, if you wrecked it, you could take it to a Chevy dealer and they would replace the damaged panels with new replacements. 

Will this thing run hot?

C8 Corvette rebodied
C8 Corvette rebodied into a C2 Stingray | Reddit

There are also issues with the side intake vents and heat exchangers. Those being that they aren’t there. Will they be cut in later, or will air considerations be handled in a different manner? The same holds for the front fascia. Will it get some openings, or will this be it? 

And as with all projects of this nature. You have to stand back to take it all in. This way you can see if there are things that need to be altered. If you only see your project up close in a two-car garage, you can miss things you don’t notice until you’re a distance from it. 

We wish we knew more about this, but being shown on the Reddit /r/ShittyCarMods, the owner probably isn’t too happy to answer questions. We’re not poking fun at it though, we honestly want to see how it looks all finished up.

C8 Corvette rebodied
C8 Corvette rebodied into a C2 Stingray | Reddit