Gotham Garage is making a six-figure Corvette Mako Shark 2 for Jason Oppenheim
Gotham Garage was finally able to sell the questionable six-figure concept car and motorcycle duo. And ironically, that was the only six-figure sale we’ve seen in Car Masters: Rust to Riches Season 4 until episode six! With fame and news spreading with Mark and his team selling the concept duo for the impressive sum of $285,000, many high-end customers have come to know them.
And that’s how Shawn Pilot got his hands on Jason Oppenheim because he was very interested in getting a car built by Gotham Garage. His brief was simple and he wanted a muscle car build that was unique but with a futuristic appeal. Mark offers a radical build based on the Chevy Corvette Mako Shark 2.
Being a six-figure build, the Gotham Garage team goes the extra mile to provide unique touches all around the car. They modify the exterior and interior of the classic Corvette to turn heads. The powertrain and other mechanical components are left unchanged to balance functionality and rugged appeal.
This Chevy The build becomes crucial to the boutique because if done right, the word will spread like wildfire among the high-end clientele, thanks to Jason. This build of Gotham Garage also saw the use of exotic materials to create the “wow” factor.
Gotham Garage is building a unique Mako Shark 2 based on the C3 Corvette that fuses classic, modern and sporty elements for a prominent Los Angeles real estate monarch.
Unique build based on the C3 Corvette for a very important customer
Shawn hooks Mark and the team up with a surprisingly well-maintained first Corvette C3 as the donor car for this customer-heavy build. Speaking of which, Gotham Garage was approached by Jason Oppenheim for this radical muscle car build. He had caught wind of the concept car the store had made and was very impressed with the original ideas the team came up with. So he came up with the idea of a complex but subtle construction of a classic muscle car.
He wanted to merge the essence of classic muscle cars and the complexity of modern technology into this unique creation. Judging by all the contributions Jason gave, Mark showed him a photo of the Chevy Mako Shark 2 concept which was a concept car from the 60s. Jason was up for the build and surprised Mark and Shawn by offering them a sum to six figures if they succeeded.
Mako Shark 2 inspired exterior with cool features
The Mako Shark 2 was a concept car designed and shown at the 1965 New York Auto Show. It was based on the Corvette C3 and was Bill Mitchell’s (GM’s Vice President of Styling Staff) vision of the sports cars of the future.
The style was futuristic and the design fluid. The car still looks fresh and up to par with modern automotive design even today. Gotham Garage has gone ahead with their twist on this already futuristic design to build a one-of-a-kind car for Jason.
The front fascia received an expensive pull job with a custom carbon fiber bumper. The sides of the bumper have been designed to mimic the gills of a shark. The rear fender has been stretched to house a much larger set of tires. Jason loves the Mako Shark 2’s side-exit exhaust system, so Mark incorporated his version of the same onto the build and clad it in chrome.
Complementing the chrome was a set of polished-to-perfect custom wheels. The third quarter back has been heavily modified. The roofline was modified and a custom fiberglass body panel was created to mimic the roofline of a fastback. The finished design, viewed from the side, was reminiscent of 1960s racing cars.
As for the rear fascia, the taillight section received a custom metal housing and finished with a ducktail spoiler. Mark gave this build a very unique paint job. It started from the bottom with a darker shade of gray before moving to a blue hue for the majority of the exterior. The custom front bumper additionally received a custom two-piece metal splitter setup.
A modern and sporty interior makeover
The other half of Jason Oppenheim’s mandate was to make his car as modern as possible. And to fulfill that aspect, Mark gave the interior a sporty overhaul with all the modern bells and whistles in terms of tech features. The dashboard was fitted with digital instrument cluster tips and the car received a push-button Start/Stop.
The seats contributed to the sporty front end as Gotham Garage slipped in cool BRAUM racing seats. The steering wheel was replaced with a standard MOMO unit. The dashboard was covered in leather, which added to its plush appeal.
Retain the powertrain for an efficient package
As the donor car was billed as a late-model C3 Corvette, we believe it contains either the 190hp carbureted L81 engine or the 200hp fuel-injected L83 engine. Either way, these motors were a little more prone to efficiency and that’s why the Gotham Garage team didn’t alter the mechanicals of this build.
A six-figure deal and high-end exposure
Construction was complete and she was introduced to Jason in one of his offices. This was a very crucial build for Gotham Garage that could either take them to the next level when it comes to high-end customers or bring them back to zero. But Jason was impressed with the unique build and was more than happy to part with $100,000 for the build.
This build turned out to be a go-to chicken that helped Mark and the Gotham Garage team carve out a niche among high-end customers. And Jason’s positive response is a clear indicator of more six-figure cars coming out of Gotham Garage!