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Hagerty Employee

This Canadian shop is the Corvette customization program Chevy should have

As car enthusiasts, we all have our opinions about Corvettes. Whether you agree with mine is no matter, and vice versa, but one thing is certain: The Corvette is an American icon. It has been known around the world as America's sports car, but this fiberglass-bodied Chevy is most touted for its high performance-to-price ratio.
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william44
Pit Crew

His C8 just oozes Italian and with a name like Caravaggio, is it any wonder? William in Vancouver.
Shingo
New Driver

Exactly what you said-----what the C8 should've looked like from day one.
hyperv6
Racer

The real trouble is this. The custom tuner shops normally have a total set of different rules they have to play by vs GM.

While body changes and custom interiors do not appear that difficult to do so on an assembly line and control cost is not easy. Also the fact small body changes can be a big effect on a car anymore and mess up the numbers for CAFE. A hard edge here or there can be a number of Aero Count Drag numbers.

This is why GM works with these shops and will not void warranties on Callaway or other tuner cars they approve.

Not a big fan of that lime green.

Might note that even at the factory the choices of seats and colors may be at a all time high as is some of the exterior trim. I think there is much more to chose from now than we ever had in the past.

I saw a Z06 the other day and wow it is amazing. It makes the regular Vette look very mild. The added width really adds to the look.

 

Besides the Corvette has always been more a car the owners did the changes to it more so than shops. This has been and is more a car for the hands on folks vs the guy who sends his Ferrari to West Coast Customs. 

brianmakse
Intermediate Driver

I'm sure it's been focus grouped and business cased to death by pessimists, but there's nothing stopping Corvette from making something custom-trimmed interiors a profit centre.
hyperv6
Racer

With the volume and price of the Corvette that is just not a real option. 

Corvettes are built much like any other assembly line. The main exception is the engines for the Z06 or ZR1. Those are done in a special engine center and at much lower Volumes. 

You have to look at the cars that do offer these custom trim centers and most sell less than 10,000 cars a year and most are $200,000 or more. 

Note GM is planning this for the new Cadillac Flagship. But it will be a very limited production car and $200,000. 

To be honest GM did open the door on the number of color and trim combinations on the C8. I don’t thing the Corvette has so many combinations. Not many Cadillacs have had that many combinations. 

brianmakse
Intermediate Driver

911s are built on an assembly line and I've seen it with my own eyes. It's not an atelier by any stretch of the imagination and yet they have their customization programs.

Corvette can do PTS and custom interiors...if they had the courage to do it, but they won't. And I'm sure Caravaggio is happy for the business.
gpsuya
Advanced Driver

Re: ‘I found a guy—if I have anybody build me a car, this is the guy.’ Our business basically took off from there". A classic case of what you know coupled with who you know!
ThePorscheMan
Detailer

A classic case of what you know coupled with who you just met and blew away.

Fixed it for ya.
MeJ
Advanced Driver

I don't know. I think the C8 is styled fine the way it is. Especially the Z06.
I do like the wheels on the first picture though. Very nice
Davis_H
Pit Crew

Why does that blue C8 have Ferrari wheels?
kyree-williams
Detailer

I'd say the Unica C8 is prettier than what GM itself did, so I applaud it.
Worldrider
Intermediate Driver

At first glance, I thought the F8 and SF90 carry some strong Corvette styling cues. And now Caravaggio lends some strong Ferrari flair to the Corvette.
Imagine Ferrari performance mated to GM reliability and part/service costs?!? Priced midway between those two strata, a Caravaggio Z06 could be the sweetest spot of all… (and if he could come up with a gated manual conversion, I’d be sold!)
brianmakse
Intermediate Driver

Agreed. That car deserves a manual, especially that motor. **chef's kiss**
drhino
Technician

The yellow and red examples are much better looking than the original. The orange one looks like JC Whitney threw up on it.

As said elsewhere by astute folks here; put a manual transmission in it!
Smasher
Intermediate Driver

I like the yellow one the best, understated. I think that's why I like Ferrari better than Lamborghini, a little smoother looking.
I kind of expect the C7 & C8 vettes to transform into fighting machines that can run.
Teampantera
Intermediate Driver

High on my bucket list is to get to the next SEMA show in Vegas to see what builders and suppliers have in mind for the new C8/Z08. I have plenty of time to dream as my C8 won’t arrive until 2023. 😂
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

The exterior styling does soften some of the lines on the C8.

I agree the lime interior is just awful.
gregbeaulieu
New Driver

The retina-searing interior trim colors are atrocious, but some of the body changes look good. The secret to any modified vehicle is to know when to keep from changing things too much.
ThePorscheMan
Detailer

THIS is the car the C8 shoulda been. Great job Caravaggio.
ThePorscheMan
Detailer

Oh yeah... that lime is hideous but I've seen the purple/white interior 928 in person so I lost most of my lunch recalling that.
Reinhold_Weege
Instructor

Been around enough "exotics" to know the fit/finish level is advanced kit-car. Jam a screw in here and glue some leather over it. There's enough fantasy in this article to please a Harry Potter fan.
brianmakse
Intermediate Driver

Professionally, I've been driving all of the exotics for the last dozen years and I'm not as cynical as that.
PRScott
Instructor

That lime green looks like something a Lamborghini owner would order. But that's just me.
CraigDaliessio
New Driver

Why the hell would I want this day glo nightmare in my Corvette?
Seriously. Unless you're a hip hop mogul or a drug dealer in South Beach why would you vomit fluorescent colors all over the greatest car in the world?
RobH
Intermediate Driver

As 'custom' cars, the shop was doing what a customer was paying handsomely for - likely not their choice. Attach big money and you'd do it too, whether you liked fluorescent green or not.

Beautiful cars.
JBBearcat
Detailer

Great to see someone doing that sort of work.
Corvettes have always had GM-quality interiors, and that's not a compliment.

Now if they, or someone...anyone, would get rid of the too many black vents on the C7, it would look less like a junior high school kid's Ferrari sketches from study hall.
espo70
Advanced Driver

Much better, but still awkward looking from certain angles. Here's to hoping the C9 has better bones.
camarogirl57
Intermediate Driver

Yes, Caravaggio's designs really are beautiful and his riff on the C8 is just what the car should have looked like from GM. As far as the interiors go, don't let us forget that the whole business model for the Vette is "obtainability" by the "regular Joe/Josephine"; if you want a Ferrari or exotic interior, well, ya ain't gonna get the car for <$100k, not to mention $60k!! You want an excellent interior? Then go see Caravaggio.