535hp Gen-V Retrotech Beauty

I’m no stranger to John Ward’s prowess with transforming tired old classics into modern day marvels. This is the third incredible creation of his that I’ve been able to photograph. 

The first was a similar (but silver) C1 Corvette. It was running an LS powerplant and all the modern electronics you could think of. The second was a classic BMW coupe that copped similar treatment with a later-model M-series engine and some electronic wizardry.

This time it’s along the lines of that silver C1, except John has taken everything he’s learned and funnelled it into this machine. This black C1 boasts a 535hp LT376/535 crate motor, backed by a 6L80E six-speed auto. UNderneath you’ll find a C4 IFS and IRS setup and there’s enough technology running throughout the car to make your head spin.

The shoot was featured in the OCtober 2022 issue of Street Machine.