Let’s face it: mid to late production C3 Corvettes aren’t exactly the most loved cars in Corvette history. In 1977, the base L-48 motor put out 180 horsepower, and the optional L-82 only made 210. The best you could hope for in an L-82 equipped Corvette was zero to sixty in 6.8 seconds, which is just a tick slower than a stock Miata can do it these days. The only valid reason to add a mid-70’s ‘Vette to your garage is because you like the body style and/or you got a good deal on one from a seller who needed the cash, quick.
On the other hand, you could always try turning a 1977 Corvette into a rough approximation of a movie car, like the gentleman who placed this ad in Hemmings Motor News. The car pictured is supposed to resemble Speed Racer’s Mach 5; as someone who never missed an episode as a kid, I’d have to give this a Fail. The biggest resemblance I can see is that both cars are white with a red interior, although it is hard to tell that from the pics provided.
The seller does get an “A” for self confidence. Despite wheel wells that look like they were cut by a blind man with a Sawzall, the seller claims that “offers are currently about $125,000”, and that this custom Corvette will sell to the highest bidder. He advises us, “complete reworking of the Corvette was preformed”. Preformed from what I’m not sure, but the body kit looks like it was molded from the kind of plastic used for R/C car bodies. At least that would lower the weight a bit.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so I won’t judge you if you want to bid on this limited production vehicle. Remember that current offers are around $125,000 (plus or minus $120,000, I’m sure), so bid accordingly. And if you come for a visit, please park that thing around the block so I don’t have to look at it.
Found on Hemmings