Friday, August 26, 2016

Polarizing: 1959 Chevrolet Corvette

When this next feature came into DT's tips inbox, there was a discussion that turned into a violent rift in the DT office (virtual office...) with one group claiming that the car is a classic with lines derived from Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's Beatnik Bandit, while another camp sees the car as an abomination with style straight from the Hypentelium Nigricans, commonly known as the Northern Hogsucker. The flame war that ensued caused a rift in the office, the likes of which haven't been seen since the VW Camino versus Coltamino from 2015.  Let's just hope nothing has been said that can't be taken back. Find this 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Custom offered for any good offer above $10k located in Carlisle, PA via craigslist. Tip from Torrance.

It doesn't matter if you think this is the best looking Vette you've seen in a while or only a face that a mother could love...because...well let's face doesn't matter what any of us think, just what the seller and a buyer decide together with the exchange of cold hard cash.

Proboscis aside, this C1 generation Vette comes from the later years of crazy chrome and quad headlights and is in serious need of restoration.  The small block V8 under the hood is currently disassembled, but at least it has the original engine and 3-speed manual transmission.

See another oddball custom that needs a total restoration?


  1. To keep yesterday's discussion alive, I forgot to mention that in one Episode of Star Trek, Kirk was having his hot buttons pushed by a chick who turned out to be a salt-sucking-vampire...
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    Once Kirk saw what she was under the skin, things were just never the same again.

  2. First thing I thought of...

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    I'm actually not opposed to this one because it is so Roth-like. However, for it to look right on the street, the front end needs to be dropped way down (and maybe the rear jacked up with big pie-crust slicks) and I think other Roth-style touches need to be added to the rest of the car for balance. As it is, the nose is out of place.

    Here's another thought... take advantage of the nose-up look and just go full gasser. Lifted up on a straight axle, the car would look like a rocket. I like what I see in my head. Kinda like this...

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    What do you bet that this car was the victim of a front end collision way back in the day and this was the result of making lemonade out of lemons. If I was buying, I'd be checking for front end damage.

  3. No title, questionable quality mods and a face only a drunk mother could love, no thanks!

  4. The front end styling is an attempt to recreate the Corvette XP-700 show car.

  5. The XP-700:

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    Link if it doesn't work:

    1. All the sudden the hack, turns into an homage.

  6. I am 100% positive I could buy something as ratty and ugly for far less dough.



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