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Purple is Just One Passion Fueling This ‘63 Corvette Customization


Purple Passion and Then Some

For owner Bob Chiusano, building a custom split window 1963 Chevy Corvette is not only a passion, it’s the fulfillment of a childhood dream. He explains his unique design ideas in our video interview from the 2017 Detroit Autorama. How would you customize your dream car? Share your ideas in the comments.


A Purple Puzzle Car

“I call it my puzzle car,” Bob says. “The frame is from a 1965, the 327 motor is from a 1966 and the body is from a 1963 Corvette.” He does not limit his design ideas just to American made cars. Audi models inspire the flush windows and bucket seats while the upholstery stitching pays homage to Ferrari sports cars. Even the selection of the amazing purple paint is from a European car Bob sees in California. (Does anyone else have a craving for a grape Nehi?)

Design Decisions Take Time and Trust

This Vette may be called Split Second, yet every design decision takes time to plan. “I wanted everything to look seamless and flow together on the car,” Bob recalls. Putting a great team together is key to producing a killer custom car. The folks from Eddie’s Rod & Custom in Cedar Rapids, IA gets the nod to make Bob’s ideas happen. “I love these guys! I trust them completely and they didn’t disappoint.”

Just in Time

Bob and his team cut it close getting this beautiful Corvette ready to show. “We got here just in time to queue to enter the building,” he laughs. He is not alone. Hundreds of competitors work until the last minute getting their cars award ready. “A lot of people here are proud of their cars and rightly so,” Bob says. “We are just happy to be a part of this great show.”

Collector and Classic Car Insurance for Less

Building a custom car starts with the passion and the commitment to see it through. The right team can also help you realize your vision and achieve your goal. Let the team at Classic Auto Insurance protect your dream car during its renovation and beyond. We offer affordable coverage for a variety of collector and classic cars. Our knowledgeable staff can answer all your questions and customize a policy to meet your needs. Visit our website at or call 888-901-1338 and see how we can help safeguard your dream custom car.
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