So you’re cruising through the Inland Empire classifieds on Craigslist, and it’s 2am already. You should get some sleep, but the craving for kitschy, oddball cars has you up and running like a gazelle being chased by a cheetah.
The search continues until you find this: a car that will, when finished, exude all the Italian exotic-ness you could ask for, combined with a C5 Corvette’s internals to give you power when you mash the gas pedal.
In its current state, the car is far from finished, has a long way to go, and a hefty asking price; nevertheless, the seller considers it “the perfect project for a true enthusiast.” Let’s explore exactly how he arrived at the $24,000 price tag.
First off, it seems you’ll be getting a true Lambo skeleton and skin, constructed from a donor chassis and body taken from a 1981 specimen. The powerplant is none other than a 5.7L LS1 that’s been fully assembled. It’s matched with a 6-speed Boxster transaxle (meshed with a billet aluminum LS adapter plate, clutch, flywheel, and pressure plate) with 930 CVs and custom-made 300M heat treated stub axles made to fit Corvette hubs.
Other Corvette attributes can be tied to the brake system, spindles, control arms, ABS module, and steering system. Inside the car, the barebones space features a short-length Ididit steering column, aluminum seats, and C5 pedal system, all awaiting your orders when it comes time to surf JC Whitney for carpets, seats, and other interior items.
The seller goes so far as to include the full list of everything left to do on the car, spanning from building the engine cover frame and hinge (8 hours) to welding the chassis after teardown (who knows?). He calculates it will take you roughly 321.5 hours, so let’s hope your schedule is clear for the next few months… or years, depending on how many nights and weekends you have available.