This 1970 Chevy Corvette doesn’t have a lot of documented history to it, but what we can tell is that it really never left the disco era. Allegedly the result of some autocrossin’, fiberglassin’ fiend, it houses a delightful 454 big-block and chunky four-speed Muncie underneath the resin-induced (fiberglass resin, of course) bodywork ... Check out the full article on Hagerty.com:
I wonder whether this Corvette is a Harold Zaiser creation. Harold created several Corvette wagons back in the day. The last time I visited him, it was many moons ago, in Caledon East Ontario Canada.
The eBay listing doesn’t link, just search wide body corvette. I want it too and usually hate seventies excess but I was there, have fond memories of Corvette Summer and am feeling nostalgic. I would polish it and clear coat it just make it shiny again but leave all the aging in the paint.
Kind of like what my Mom said about me when I was born, "So ugly it's cute!". Just joking. I dig this but I don't care for that back window. The wild heavily modified corvettes though- LOVE 'EM!!!
I have seen much better examples at the Hot August Nights Car Show in Reno. There's a guy who has a 1954 Corvette that has a station wagon like rear section that was professionally grafted into the Corvette. Parks it at the Peppermill Casino most years.
Check it out!
It’s interesting, somebody put a lot of work into this. The story behind the car is what I’d like to know. The car itself is just too whacked out for my taste.
Muncies aren't chunkey, they shift great. Mods like this fortunately left us in the 70s. This is either a parts car or should live on as an example of what not to do.
I used to see questionable customs like this in the Bloomington Gold spectator parking fields in the 80’s. After looking at 99 point trailer queens and restorations, it was somehow refreshing to see a few freaks. Takes all kinds to keep the hobby interesting!
What was he building, a "Rat-Vette"? A crappy looking car has been accomplished. Speedo does not work. Interior (what interior!!) Doubt if you could hear the in dash aftermarket radio. No thanks, another fine car ruined.
This is definitely a love it or hate it custom. I find the choice of a 396 rather odd (not that that's the only odd aspect). Out of curiosity, I clicked on the link to see what has been bid so far. The link was not valid so I searched eBay and found it at the following URL. Currently, with slightly less than a day before it closes, it's at $9500 with 18 bids and hasn't yet hit the reserve. The listing has some great vintage pics of this car back in its heyday. For those who are interested:
So that's what happens when a Baldwin Motion Vette meets a Kamback Vega! Then the nightmare ensues.
That's just so freaky, weird; I'm pretty sure It's the only C3 corvette I'd ever want. I'd need some gold chains and Elvis Sunglasses, then a drivers suit with a huge collar and Rhinestones...
The car would need an all-Aluminum Can Am style big block Chevy and that would be a way too fun car to take on track days or the Optima Challenge.
I'm pretty sure you'd get an at large invitation, to the finals, just because it's so cool! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Then after showing off at track days and the Optima Challenge, you could take it to Concours d'Lemons and after that drive it in the 24 hours of Lemons race. It's too much! See what the Covid lockdown has done to me?
In what city, state, et cetera was the auto built ... who was the visionary that put it together?
In fact the auto is the perfect embodiment of the term "shooting brake," which describes a clunky, inept leaden chassis propelled by extreme power.
A spot on description for any corvette.
And out steps Dirk Diggler,the seventy's was a great time well the early part anyway its a example of the excesses in just about every way not my cup of Tea but I dont think Henry Ford thought that the Econoline would be a shagged out party wagon with a 351Clev jammed in it that was my ride.
It's cars like this that entrenched a certain perspective of the C3 Corvette that it has taken years to escape. OTH, this is one of the best examples of that perspective I've ever seen, so dang it would be fun to have to relive that time period. and cannot deny a 454 backed up by a stick is all kinds of awesome. just needs a little finishing to restore (?) it to its former glory.
It looks like the builder omitted two popular options; matching deep pile shag carpet and the reflective headliner. Maybe the next owner will fix the oversight.
I vaguely remember having a catalog for a company that made aftermarket fiberglass parts for Vettes back in the 70's, including a replacement back end to turn the car into a station wagon. But theirs were much better done, and looked more like the E Jag hearse from Harold and Maude.