If today’s classic car shows are anything to go by, Australia in the 1970s must have been totally full of Falcon GTs, Monaro GTSes and Detroit steel.
But our car shows don’t accurately reflect our motoring; American cars were incredibly rare; they were expensive to purchase, expensive to import and were required to be converted to right-hand-drive. While it seems that these days, on any given Sunday, the Mustangs will outnumber the Camrys, the vast majority has been imported in the last ten to twenty years.
Depending on what Australian state you live in, local laws have made it easier to varying degrees to register left-hand-drive cars, providing of course they’re 25+ years old. In South Australia, they also have to be 100% standard.
But back in the 1970s, moneyed-up Mustang owners had to rely on the interchangeability of the local Falcon parts to get their exotic muscle car converted, while to date, GM’s Corvette has never been engineered for right-hand-drive, further complicating things.
This meant that buying a new 1970s Stingray could land you with an expensive pile of fibreglass and the distinct possibility of a dodgy-as, oil-bath-chain conversion being the only thing keeping the steering wheel connected to the wheels-that-steer!
So when the boys at Custom Performance Modification of Sydney decided that building a Corvette might be easier than importing and converting one, they may have been right…
But it’s not always that simple; styling a car to look good is a tricky business, while engineering the driveline and suspension to give the appropriate handling, feedback and feel is another thing altogether.
Enter the Perentti, with the styling of a Corvette and the chassis of a Holden….
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