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Modern retros are throwbacks to a treasured time

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  • Corvette by Karl Kustom Corvettes.

      Corvette by Karl Kustom Corvettes.

  • Today, some high-end custom car shops can take a new model, preserve all the safety features and modern technology, and give it the classic lines and styling of their favorite oldies. This new Corvette now features mid-1960s styling.

      Today, some high-end custom car shops can take a new model, preserve all the safety features and modern technology, and give it the classic lines and styling of their favorite oldies. This new Corvette now features mid-1960s styling.
    Photos Courtesy of Prestige MotorCar Photography

  • Trans Am Depot in Florida is re-creating that Pontiac made famous by Burt Reynolds in "Smokey and the Bandit."

      Trans Am Depot in Florida is re-creating that Pontiac made famous by Burt Reynolds in "Smokey and the Bandit."

  • Trans Am Depot in Florida is re-creating that Pontiac made famous by Burt Reynolds in "Smokey and the Bandit."

      Trans Am Depot in Florida is re-creating that Pontiac made famous by Burt Reynolds in "Smokey and the Bandit."

  • The LTA Camaro by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering emulates the 1970-73 Trans Am body style.

      The LTA Camaro by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering emulates the 1970-73 Trans Am body style.

  • Modern GTO, by Trans Am Depot.

      Modern GTO, by Trans Am Depot.

  • Retro-style 1969 Camaro by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.

      Retro-style 1969 Camaro by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.

 
By Matthew Avery
Special to the Daily Herald

It's not unusual for an enthusiast to wrap-up a lengthy and expensive vehicle restoration and realize his yesteryear classic still rides and drives like a decades-old car. for many, this is the pleasure of participating in the hobby. but increasingly, expectations are changing. when it comes to a special ride, more enthusiasts are desiring the creature comforts, safety, technology, performance and fuel economy of a modern car.

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