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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a CRC Conversion?

A CRC Conversion is a work of drivable art.  We do not sell body panels that you or a shop can install on an old or new manufactured frame, we only build our cars in house.  All CRC's are hand built using carbon fiber to create new body panels that replicate the old look of the classic Corvettes, yet are installed on a newer Corvette so you can drive with comfort and look in style.  

Do CRC Retro-Vettes have trunk space?

YES!  All models have ample trunk space to fit golf clubs, full size luggage, etc.

What Options Can I Get on my CRC Retro-Vette?

Click on the link to see our options page 

How do I place an order?

We take a $10,000 deposit to put you on the build list.  Lead time to start your CRC Retro-Vette build will all depend on how many orders are ahead of you.  Once we start your build it is 14-16 weeks for completion.  

What is a CRC Conversion and how was it developed

The CRC Conversion is a result of many years of digital computer scanning and modeling with leaders in the Sprint CBS 
carbon fiber industry.  Our initial molds were developed with the assistance of Boeing Phantom Works.  Our current molds
are now designed and developed in house in one of our Seattle area facilities.  Although fiberglass was the state of the art 
body material during the past 60 plus years, it is prone to cracking and messy body repairs.  Today most high end sports 
and performance cars use parts and components made of carbon fiber which is, under stress, stronger than both 
metal and fiberglass.  Our CRC Conversions use a type of carbon fiber called CBS.  The material is supplied to us by 
Gurit and we have adapted our shops to use the newest process in laying up parts.  With CBS we actually use a surfacer 
in the molds before laying the carbon fiber material.  This prevents pattern bleed through which is a fairly well known 
issue when using carbon fiber.  The complete CRC body is manufactured using this state of the art carbon fiber whereas 
other manufacturers will use carbon for accent pieces or just a few parts on the car.  Some of our chrome trim 
is chromed carbon fiber as well, such as the headlight rings and trunk spears on the ‘58 model and the 
bumpers.  This is truly “state of the art manufacturing”.

How is the Mechanical Performance and Reliability of a CRC Retro-Vette?

The performance and reliability of our customers CRC Conversion varies with the customers choice of the donor car.  A 
customer may choose to purchase a low mileage C5 Corvette convertible to use as a donor (1998-2004) and after the CRC 
Conversion will have the performance and reliability that comes with that particular donor car.  A customer can also choose 
to purchase a C6 Corvette convertible (2005-2013) to use as a donor car and again, after the CRC Conversion is complete, 
will have the performance equal to that particular year of donor car.  At this time, all CRC donor cars must be convertibles.  
Since CRC does not alter the donor car engine, transmission, or running gear within the conversion, the customer will have 
a completed car to perform exactly as it did before the conversion.  Unless options are added to do so, CRC does not alter 
the interior of the donor car either.  Your seats, interior colors, instrument panel, and wheels, etc., will be exactly as they were before 

What models do you build?

CRCoachworks currently produces three body styles.  The ‘58-’60, ‘61-’62 and the '64-'67 CRC Roadster.  At this time, all CRC 
models are convertibles and can only be built using a convertible donor car.

Do I provide you the donor car?

Yes.  The customer does provide the donor car.  If the customer does not have a donor car, we will locate a suitable car as a complementary service after consulting with the customer on desired options, interior colors, transmission, mileage and so forth. The final transaction of purchasing the car is then left to the customer.

Does the cost of the CRC build include the donor car?

No.  The costs listed on our MODELS page do not include the cost of your donor car.

How is a CRC insured and will I have problems insuring it?

You should not have problems insuring your CRC.  We have customers with all different insurance companies and so far have yet to hear of anyone being denied coverage.  You do want to insure your CRC at a stated value though.  If your CRC is titled with the original (donor car) VIN, you will insure it as a modified, custom or exotic Corvette at the stated value of your total donor car + CRC build cost.  Some states allow you to title the car as the year it looks like.  Many states do not though.  You'll need to contact your local DMV / DOL for more information.  

What is your payment schedule?

The donor car is purchased in your name already so you own it.  Once we start your car we require 50% of the build + any additional options you may have chosen.  The remainder is not due until your CRC is complete.  We also welcome you to visit our shop anytime!

How do I get my donor car to your shop?

Shipping costs are at the expense of the customer to and from our shop.  We can provide you with shipping contact info as well as get quotes for you.  Keep in mind when shipping the donor car to our shop, ship open carrier to save money.  When the build is complete you want to ship enclosed only.

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