ALWAYS A WORK IN PROGRESS....
For the car's 48th anniversary in January, 2017, a smoke-grey one-piece acrylic Thompson Astro Top was added.
More recently, the composite backlight was replaced with laminated glass, cut from a Mazda CX-7 windshield.
The first-design plenum cover seen in many photos of the engine has been replaced with something more contemporary. It's comprised of black wrinkle-finish painted aluminum, with carbon fiber accents and polished stainless buttonhead fasteners.
Having previously competed successfully in autocrosses and rallys, Nightwind is now strictly a street performance vehicle - with regular participation in car shows and cruises. It was also featured in multi-page articles, with photographs, in both the January 1982 and March 2006 issues of "Vette" magazine. The latter written and photographed by the late, highly respected automotive journalist and historian, Paul Zazarine. Due to the many changes that occurred between those years, it remains among the very select few Vettes to have been featured more than once.
REFINING THE DESIGN
Small changes, such as the LED taillights, are constant and ongoing. Each taillight contains 61 LEDs, manufactured for use in heavy duty commercial vehicles. The body of the Vette was modified to accommodate them with .600" wide carbon fiber rings fabricated to complete the installation.
EVOLVING WITH THE TIMES
As technology changes and advances, the car will continue to be modified and improved. That’s what keeps the entire concept dynamic, interesting, challenging...and fun.
July 2019 Edition of
Chevy Classics Magazine. An Eckler's enthusiast publication.
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