The mix of components included a '64 grille, a '67 big-block hood, functional venting, and LED sequential lights in the bumpers. This amalgam of vintage and modern continues with the C5 door handles, '78-'82 side mirrors, and "Double-D" Callaway exhaust tips behind the Flowmaster mufflers. The frame was gusseted for extra strength and fitted with modern suspension parts from Vette Brakes Products. A single carbon leaf spring replaces the traditional leaf springs in the front and rear.

In the cockpit, a pair of customized midyear seats are swathed in leather upholstery. The charcoal-gray carpeting, echoing the exterior color, is a '58 Vette hue. A Budnik steering wheel on a Flaming River column, a Callaway knob on the shifter, and a full complement of custom switchgear and lighting provide some extra sparkle to the enduring substance of the Coupester. Unlike the previous automotive loves of Hess, this one's a long-term relationship, a keeper for sure.