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This Custom 1964 Corvette Going to Auction Would Look Much Better Going to Space

There’s a 1964 Chevrolet Corvette with “custom bodywork” listed on the Mecum Auctions website right now, scheduled to go to auction in a couple of days. But this listing isn’t really for a 1964 Corvette. It’s for a spaceship, ready to depart this world at any moment for an interstellar journey.

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The listing severely underrates this “car,” saying it comes with a custom body on a 1964 Corvette frame, that it’s been in storage for more than 25 years and that it “needs to be completed” because it has “no engine, no powertrain and no interior and needs body work.”

Even the photos tell a subpar and misleading story about this obvious space vessel, as if the person who took them wants to keep the car for themselves rather than selling it at auction. Who wouldn’t?

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Image: Mecum

But even those few details aren’t a fair assessment. This Corvette needs no engine, no powertrain, no interior. This ship runs on hopes, dreams and the belief that leaving this Earth by the means of widely accessible personal space flight can one day be ours.

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Image: NASA, Mecum

Why stop at the moon? This Space Corvette reaches for the stars.

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Image: ESA/Hubble and NASA, Mecum
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The sun? In the Space Corvette, there is no fear of the sun. There’s no interior or engine to worry about losing in a fire.

A solar flare from July 14, 2017.
A solar flare from July 14, 2017.
Image: NASA, GSFC, Solar Dynamics Observatory, Mecum
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Venus? Strong gases? With all of the rust and exposure to the elements that this Space Corvette has endured, those will not be a problem.

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Anybody in this Corvette would surely beat Elon Musk to Mars.

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Image: NASA, ESA, and STScI, Mecum
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Not even Pluto is out of reach for the mighty Space Corvette, with its 0-to-60-lightyears time of approximately forever.

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Image: NASA, JHUAPL and SwRI, Mecum
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Forever. What a concept. Hopefully this Space Corvette will live forever, one day landing on a far-away planet with a utopian facade but corrupted social system, to show descendants of the ultra wealthy who fled Earth in its final hours, as they said goodbye to their earthly possessions and the population who would be left to die, that yes, we common folk too attempted space flight once.

“Those were more hopeful times on that planet,” they’ll say, thinking of their ancestors’ difficult journey of survival on a first-class spaceship with regular cabin service out of the solar system, “the day the Space Corvette left Earth.”

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[h/t Kevin]

Staff writer, Jalopnik

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