Nowadays, most state DMVs will
register a home-built car as a 1970 "Chevelle," but if you don't have a 1970 federal manufacturer VIN (as you intend to do
) the car will get a funky looking state-issued VIN plate that most often gets riveted to the driver's side door frame (not very original looking, eh?
). Representing a home-built car as a real 1970 Chevelle may well be fraud... Depending.
Your idea of a VIN "swap" gets touchy as some buyers have the foresight to check the various ConVIN locations for the ConVIN: which you won't have
, and which may adversely affect the potential sale (and someday someone will sell the car
). Again there are real concerns over representing the car as something it is not, and that's not even considering how the police would react to such a swap...
Another option to consider (and the best option in my opinion
) is to buy a 1970 Chevelle with the factory Z-16 (SS396) or Z-25 (SS454) option, and then take it down to the skeleton. First, de-rust the skeleton, then rebuild the car using all new Sheetmetal. No rust plus no worries about "jacking up the VIN and driving a new home-built Chevelle under it." If you leave the ConVINs in place you're in the clear... and for probably less money than the 16K you'll spend on the Taiwan-built body shell.