CC Video: An Alpine Road Trip In A Vintage Big Block Corvette


Some years back, a German classic car magazine issued a simple challenge: drive your prized classic car at least 500 miles, document the trip, and possibly win a prize. A German Corvette enthusiast named Markus was more than up to the challenge. What followed was an epic journey spanning five countries and thousands of miles.


He posted the video under his YouTube handle “Zuendler1980”. He has several other videos chronicling his travels. This one is simply a “best of” compilation. In the video, Markus takes us through the winding Alpine mountain roads of Germany, Austria, Italy, France, and Switzerland. The scenery is breathtaking, albeit a bit scary at times, what with those sheer drops and no guardrails.


Markus’ car was originally equipped with the 427 cubic inch LS5 engine, backed by the factory 4-speed Muncie. On this trip, he was running a tri-power 454. Sometime after the this video was made, he yanked the 454 and installed a ZZ502 crate engine. He has a complete photo gallery of his travels, and of the Vette’s complete restoration, on his website He also has an online store where interested parties can bid on his surplus Corvette items.


In the meantime, enjoy the ride!