Jeff Monchlev has had an ongoing affair with a very special 1972 C3 Corvette. The
72 was Jeff's first Corvette . He traded his 1969 Camaro for it when he
was still in High School. The car underwent a restoration in 1986 and
it was sold shortly afterwards. In July of 2014 Jeff happened to see
his old flame and bought it back from the same person that he
originally sold it to.
The car was in the exact same condition as when Jeff sold it as it had been in storage since 1986. With
the exception of paint and interior, Jeff did the work himself.
This included fabricating a custom Speedvette LT1 long hood, and C6
inspired Deck Lid without the top latches. Jeff also designed and
installed a smooth firewall kit and a customC3/C6 dash kit.
work began on the front clip, a new hood was developed. The read
clip was designed around factory C6 tail and marker lights. A new dash
was created around the center console. This was a complete
conversion which included rocker panels, termination panels, headlight
brackets and front spoiler.
addition a complete convertible rear clip was designed which includes
the deck lid and waterfall. The final result was a complete marketable
body kit that enabled a conversion of a C3 to either a coupe or
finally completed the restoration 2018. The C3 hit the show circuit
during the summer of 2018. It was then presented for sale and sold at
Barrett Jackson Vegas that same year. Jeff is the owner of
Speedvette inc., a business that evolved from a headlight project on an
'80 C3. The original concept was to graph new C6 headlights onto
the body of a C3. But as many projects do, this one became a much
bigger undertaking. The concept evolved from an idea of creating
a C3 that incorporated the advanced looks of a C6 Corvette.