Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Corvette is a Sting Ray droptop that could best be described as a mean, green, custom machine. The value of the changes wrought upon it is open to debate, but you'll still need to decide if its price makes this custom car verde interesting.
Give me an N! N! Give me an S! S! Give me an X! X! What's that spell, kids? NSX! Yay! You know unless it's been effed up beyond repair, has been priced in anger, or smells like the inside of a dead hobo's ass, you really can't go wrong with a mid-engine Acura. Yesterday's tidy 1991 NSX drove this point home, rocking a 80% Nice Price win for its twenty six grand asking, and causing many to demand some private time while looking at the pictures.
With cars of accomplishment stock is almost always the right choice. You know however, sometimes there are those who just want to watch the world burn. Hey did I mention that today's car was a 1963 Chevy Corvette? Let's have a look.
With the introduction of the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray Chevy's sports car took a leap forward both mechanically and in style. The C2 'Vette sported a new chassis with improved steering, bigger standard brakes and the marque's first-ever independent rear suspension.
Power for the Corvette's first major re-do was made available by a stable of 327-cid V8 engines, each backed by your choice of 4-speed stick or Powerglide automatic transmissions.
All those improved mechanicals were wrapped in a body that was - for the time - an even more radical departure from the past. The C2 sported hidden headlamps incorporated into a blade-like nose, and for the first time ever an available coupe body style featuring aircraft style doors and a compound curve split rear window. It was awesome. Hell, it still is!
Today's 1963 Corvette convertible throws much of that out the window offering instead a radical mix of later styling tropes and mechanicals for what looks like a one of a kind experience.
First off, under the hood the car rocks a 400-cid, claimed to hail from 1970 and to have been rebuilt 'carb to pan.' That's backed up by an equally refreshed T10 close ratio 4-speed, and that combo of mill and stick ought to make for a pretty entertaining experience behind the wheel. But what you want to know is, how would you look sitting there? Well, therein lies the rub.
As noted earlier, the styling of the '63 Sting Ray was epoch-defining. The styling of this one seems to cross generations, with a little WTF? thrown in for good measure. There's the bumper less nose that eschews the stock car's flip lights for a set of fixed six-inch lamps that give the car a bit of the look of Bill Thomas' contemporary Cheetah.
Things calm down around the mid section and then, once baby got back, all hell breaks loose. Yeah, those look to be C3 blades - and maybe lights - under a radically sculpted duck's ass of a rear lip.
Was this a body kit offered for the C2 back when these cars weren't worth jack? I don't know, and the ad isn't telling. Once thing's for sure, the work that was done looks - at least as far as Craigslist can offer - to have been professionally accomplished.
In fact, this 'Vette, love it or lump it, appears to be extremely clean, and even comes with the bubble-back hard top in case you want to shield yourself from the glares of the purists. At $20,500, it's also cheaper than what a stock C2 convertible in similar shape would go for by about half. But considering its current condition, is that price a deal or not?
What do you think about this Kermit Corvette for $20,500? Does that price make this one-of-a-kind one hell of a deal? Or, is that too much to ask for so far gone a 'Vette?
H/T to Unholy79 for the hookup!
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