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True Design Wheel in Denver custom-built the Rallys to fit, and made the spinners from C1 wheel-cover centers. Note "ghost flames" in the cove.
Laustrup kept the original '57 Corvette suspension design, but added rear lowering blocks and lowered front uprights to subtract 2.5 inches of ride height all around, turning this C1 into a road-grabbing canyon carver. (A set of custom-built Rally wheels by Jim Lyon at True Design Wheel in Wheatridge, shod with Goodyear radials, also help with the handling.)
The body is all original and wears its Porsche Arctic Silver paint proudly. That paint color was chosen by Laustrup's youngest daughter, Anna, and the "micro sequins" in it are thanks to his third granddaughter, Aubrey. The bodywork and paint were done by Jeff Showalter at ColorWorks in Denver. Before paint, Kelley Fitzgerald made sure that the body was mounted correctly, and that the gaps in the doors, hood, and trunk matched, (He also handmade the radiator shroud and custom-built the wire loom after Laustrup burned up the first one.) For comfort, there's a Vintage Air HVAC system, installed by Lee Bumgardner at Zoomers in Denver.
When the '57 was finished, Don and Chip took it to Goodguys' Del Mar (California) Nationals. "We trailered it out there, and took it out of the trailer when we were about 100 miles outside of San Diego," says the elder Laustrup. "We drove it in to Del Mar just to make sure that we'd be able to drive it, and it ran just fine."
Unlike a lot of resto-rodded C1s, whose first-generation fiberglass covers fourth- or fifth-gen powertrains and chassis, Laustrup used vintage Chevrolet hardware to build what you see here. Also unlike those others, which spent many years in stock configuration before they were modified, Laustrup's '57 was—and still is—the very definition of a Vetterod.
|Spec Sheet: '57 Corvette|
|Owner||Donald Laustrup; Cave Creek, Arizona|
|Block||Late-'70s 400 Chevy cast-iron with "siamesed" bores|
|Heads||Edelbrock Performer RPM cast-aluminum, ported and polished|
|Camshaft||Comp Cams Extreme Energy hydraulic roller (0.500-in lift, 286-deg duration)|
|Rocker Arms||Crane Cams roller|
|Crankshaft||Renegade forged steel, cross-drilled and nitrided|
|Rods||Eagle forged I-beam|
|Intake Manifold||'60s Edelbrock C-26 2x4|
|Carburetors||Two Carter C-Series 625-cfm four-barrels|
|Exhaust System||Doug's Tri-Y headers, custom pipes with Magnaflow mufflers|
|Transmission||Tremec T-5 five-speed manual (3.27 low gear, 0.68 overdrive Fifth)|
|Driveshaft||Custom-fabricated with increased wall thickness|
|Suspension||Stock with 2.5-in drop uprights in front and 2-in lowering blocks in rear|
|Rearend||Stock with Positraction, dealer-installed Traction Master traction bars, and 3.70 gears|
|Brakes||GM/Delco discs (front), stock drums (rear)|
|Wheels||Custom Rally by True Design Wheel, 15x7-in all around|
|Tires||Goodyear Assurance radials; 205/60R15 (front), 215/65R15 (rear)|
|Fuel Octane||"As high as possible"|
|Weight||Approx. 2,700 lbs. (without driver)|