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Phone: (518) ***-****  
Local Address:  Glenville , New York , United States
Prestige Motor Car Co
1926 Route 9
Clifton Park , New York 12065
United States

Company Description: Prestige Motor Car Co. is one of the largest Full Service Corvette and Specialty Automotive Dealerships in the Country. Our work environment and dedication to...   more
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In fact, there were about 3,800 ...
www.superchevy.com, 26 Oct 2015 [cached]
In fact, there were about 3,800 L36-code 427/390 cars made that year, too, so hold your gasps and swallow that indignation when we tell you Joe Verrillo built his '67 "Blue Sting" restomod from an original 427/435 roadster.
The horror, you say? Not when you understand that while the car was indeed born with the L71 engine, its originality was destroyed years ago when it was taken on a joy ride by an unauthorized driver. It had been owned by a prominent professional athlete and the incident occurred during his tenure with it. When the car was returned, the original engine and other important components were long gone. It changed hands a couple of times after that before Verrillo obtained it.
"The car definitely had a story to go with it," says Verrillo, the owner of Prestige Motor Car Co. - an Albany, New York-area dealership specializing in Corvette sales, service and restoration.
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Rather than adapt late-model suspension components to the original frame, Verrillo and his builders turned to Street Shop for one of its custom chassis. The Athens, Alabama-based company's frame is a direct replacement for the '67's C2 frame, incorporating current technology and all-aluminum suspension components - although coilover springs replace the original-type transverse leaf springs.
The Street Shop chassis also incorporates modern rack-and-pinion steering and the engine mounting location is lower than stock, which enhances the car's handling by lowering the center of gravity. Better still, the frame features the same body mount locations as the C2 frame and also accepts the original fuel tank.
When it came to filling out the frame, Verrillo used chrome coilovers and a polished rack-and-pinion steering rack while adding a custom stainless steel fuel tank.
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"It's amazing," says Verrillo.
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"Again, the goal was to retain as much of the personality of the 1967 Corvette as possible, so we didn't want to use a shifter on the inside of the car that looked clearly aftermarket," says Verrillo.
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Verrillo even adapted a modern electric parking brake for this contemporized classic Vette.
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"There are elements from nearly every Corvette generation in this car and we applied them carefully to accent the design or complement the performance without distracting from the overall presence of the mid-year design," says Verrillo.
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"It's everything you want in a Corvette - the classic, unbeatable styling and sound of a big-block mid-year car with the uncompromising performance that comes with 50 years of technological advances," says Verrillo. "The power is unbelievable and with the all-aluminum engine and lighter-weight front suspension and steering components, the balance of the car is tremendous. If you've ever driven a big-block mid-year car, you'll feel the difference within the first 20 feet of driving it - and particularly when you hit the brakes. It's simply thrilling."
Sure, there's one less restored 427/435 car in the world today, but there will be no hand-wringing from us. Verrillo's masterfully executed Corvette represents the very best of the restomod trend and shows what's possible when building a car isn't driven by date-coded hose clamps or paint daubs on the chassis.
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www.prestigemotorcar.com, 1 Oct 2007 [cached]
Verrillo worked in the retail industry for several years prior to starting Prestige. She is excited to be able to join her knowledge of sales with her love of sports cars. Verrillo and her husband travel around the country to Corvette shows. They also restore cars for car enthusiasts around the world, and will then export the car to the person's home country. They are currently working on a vehicle for a client from Switzerland.
Verrillo said Corvettes are the only true American sports car, produced in Kentucky, and are a great investment.
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Verrillo said each car will be transported to and from the facility by trained concierge staff. Cars are placed on a trickle charger, with inspections done regularly. The staff is available to provide detailing, maintenance, and restoration on cars as needed. Services are tailored to meet the needs of the client.
All of the staff at Prestige Motor are car enthusiasts and collectors who will treat each vehicle will utmost respect and care, she said. There is a large classic car community in the area and Verrillo believes the indoor storage facility will be a popular service.
Verrillo plans to add a lounge area in the future so that car enthusiasts can come and chat about their like-minded interests.
Verrillo said it has not always been easy being a woman in a traditionally male dominated industry. "When we first started, everyone would come and ask to speak to the man in charge," said Verrillo, referring to her husband. "Now when people come in they say 'Oh we can just talk to Sunday, we don't need to talk to Joe.'"
"If women want to make it in this industry, we need to show people that we are knowledgeable," said Verrillo. "And if we don't know something, we aren't afraid to go and find the answer."
Prestige Motor Car Co. can do maintenance and repairs on any model of vehicle. Verrillo said regular maintenance is necessary to help ensure the longevity of a person's investment. The company provides detailing and restoration. Trained staff are able to provide a simple wax or restore a car to showroom quality shine.
"We are not your typical car company" said Verrillo.
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Joe Verrillo's barn-find, fire-damaged Corvette proves to be one for the restoration record book.
We've all heard the rumors and stories about the forgotten Corvette -- the one squirreled away in a dilapidated barn, with only the warped planks of the walls or a hole in the weathered roof allowing indiscriminate beams of sunlight to grace its curvaceous fiberglass. The thought of cracking open the barn doors, brushing away a few layers of dust and discovering a long-lost L-88 is a romantic notion all Corvette enthusiasts harbor.
Joe Verrillo cracked open those proverbial barn doors more than a decade ago, after hearing about a fire-damaged Corvette that had been neglected for decades. It wasn't an unaccounted L-88, but it was nonetheless a rare and desirable 1965 Fuelie roadster that was originally ordered as a radio- and heater-delete car. Only 39 of the more than 23,500 Corvettes that year were ordered without a heater. There's no telling whether any of the other 39 were also radio-delete Fuelie cars, but there's a good chance it was a one-of-one combination. It was also one of only 975 cars that year fitted with the heavy-duty F40 suspension.
"Like so many of these stories, I found out about this car in passing, around 2001," says Verrillo, who co-owns Prestige Motor Car Company, a sales and resto shop in Clifton, New York, with his wife Sunday.
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"The owner of the body shop told me the car was rough and he wasn't kidding," says Verrillo. "They guys at his shop nicknamed it the 'Chia Vette' because moss was growing on the body and interior had become an unintentional planter over the years."
Despite the body's wretched condition, Verrillo wouldn't be deterred as long as the rumor of the original engine proved true. And it did.
"The engine wasn't with the car, but it was at the body shop owner's house," he says. "It was just a bare block and heads and they all looked terrible -- just like three chunks of scrap metal."
A quick check of the numbers confirmed the 375-horsepower fuel-injected 327 engine was original. Like the car's body, Verrillo didn't let the condition of the components dissuade him, but he wanted a little more reassurance before committing to what would ultimately be a very involved, painstaking restoration project.
"The value in restoring the car would be its numbers-matching powertrain, so I really needed to know that the original engine was salvageable," he says. "The block had never been decked, which was great, but I asked the owner if we could get the block and heads magnafluxed to ensure I could use them."
When the parts passed the machine-shop test, Verrillo struck a deal for the fire-bitten, moss-covered Corvette and its remnants. They were hauled back to his shop, where even his staff technicians scoffed at the idea that the car could be saved.
As Verrillo began to collect parts for the restoration, insisting on as many original and NOS parts as possible, he also began to piece together the story of how the car became a Corvette flambé. That included tracking down the owner of the car at the time of the fire.
"He was the original owner and had driven the Corvette from California back to New York in 1966, after his discharge from the service," says Verrillo.
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Fortunately for Verrillo, the relationship he forged with that previous owner produced a wealth of paperwork and parts, including the original and specific exhaust manifolds, sales receipts and registration cards. The original California black plates were still on the car, too.
"Those items were invaluable," he says. "They really enhanced the car's provenance."
As the restoration got underway, Verrillo and his technicians were glad to find the frame was straight and rust-free, but nearly every other nut, bolt and component required replacement -- although the F40 suspension's original shocks and springs were salvageable. Verrillo was thinking of NCRS Top Flight status and Bloomington Gold recognition, so accuracy and authenticity were paramount considerations throughout the project. He was able to locate NOS fenders, quarter panels and other body parts, while the driver's door is a used original.
"We actually had a few original doors in stock and tested each of them on the car to find the one with the best fit," says Verrillo, who had the car re-sprayed its original Tuxedo Black after all the body parts were fitted and smoothed.
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To dress up the restored car, Verrillo has added the aluminum knock-off wheels and incorrect-but-stylish blue-line tires.
"It's definitely a combination of options you don't see everyday," says Verrillo. "I think that makes the car all the more interesting."
Restoring this rare Corvette took the better part of a decade, as Verrillo's business -- and work on customer cars -- took precedence. It was finished in the spring of 2010 and was promptly entered in a NCRS event in Pennsylvania, where it achieved a Top Flight award. And as we finished this story, Verrillo was readying the car for the 2011 Bloomington Gold judging.
It's a safe assumption that anyone gazing at the burnt, moss-covered shell more than 10 years ago would not have guessed it could be restored to award-winning condition, but this Corvette and its roster of rare options demonstrates the value of perseverance.
"They always tell you not to buy a car that's been in a fire," says Verrillo, with a grin. "Fortunately, I'm not a good listener."
SIDEBAR
The Upstate Connection: 30 Years in the Corvette Business
The Upstate New York burg of Clifton Park, just north of Albany, may seem an unlikely hot spot for Corvette activity, but it's the location staked out by Joe and Sunday Verrillo and their Corvette-centered business, Prestige Motor Car Company (www.prestigemotorcar.com).
In 2010, Joe and Sunday Verrillo moved their business into a new, 18,000-square-foot facility to accommodate a business that has grown steadily for about 30 years. And while the company handles the sales, service and restoration of just about all classics and late-model performance cars, the focus is decidedly on Corvettes.
Like so many successful entrepreneurial stories, the Verrillos started small. Joe worked at dealerships before launching his own used-car business that focused on Corvettes and performance cars. That was 1975. In the early 1980s, the first restoration job was tackled -- albeit one that didn't earn the Verrillos a big profit. It was a '66 Corvette with all the custom trappings of the era, including triple taillights, flared fenders and the like.
"There were a lot of hours in that car," says Joe Verrillo.
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"It's a great, fun business," says Joe Verrillo.
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The company, founded by Joe and Sunday Verrillo, sells a variety of cars -- including those from decades as early as the 1960s all t
October 2007 Sunday and Joe ...
successmagazineltd.com, 1 Oct 2007 [cached]
October 2007 Sunday and Joe Verrillo
Success Magazine Ltd. // Entrepreneurs of the Month: Sunday and Joe Verrillo
Success Magazine Ltd.
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Sunday and Joe Verrillo
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Success Magazine's Entrepreneurs of the Month, Sunday and Joe Verrillo of Prestige Motor Car Company, turned a mutual passion for cars into one of the premier auto dealerships in the country.They tell us how the right car can be anything from the realization of a dream to a solid investment.
Success Magazine: What does success mean to you?Sunday Verrillo: To me, success is waking up in the morning knowing that my team is here opening the doors, customers are referring other customers, and you're here choosing us to be in Success Magazine.Joe Verrillo: Success is being fortunate enough to turn my passion into a successful, nationally- recognized, high-quality dealership specializing in Corvettes, Sports and Luxury cars.
SM: Tell us about your business.
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Joe and I personally restored this '67 Corvette on the showroom floor.
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SV: Joe is the best marketer, I've learned a lot from him.
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SV: Joe never gives up, and neither do I. Where there's a will, there's a way.
Success Magazine Ltd. // Executive of the Month
www.successmagazineltd.com, 9 June 2008 [cached]
Sunday and Joe Verrillo
Success Magazine's Entrepreneurs of the Month, Sunday and Joe Verrillo of Prestige Motor Car Company, turned a mutual passion for cars into one of the premier auto dealerships in the country.
Prestige Motor Car Company
www.prestigemotorcar.com, 14 Sept 2009 [cached]
Twenty Awards were given out, with Best of Show going to Joe Verrillo of Prestige for his 1967 427 Corvette.
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