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Let’s Play, Corvette Odd-Ball: FOR SALE – 1980 Four-Door Corvette

Dateline: 8.8.11
One of the Top-10 All-Time Odd-Ball Corvettes can be YOURS, for just $265,000!

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I’m sorry, but some things just SHOULD NOT be done. Back in 1963 a high-ranking GM executive got the bright idea that perhaps, Chevrolet should make a 4-seater Corvette Sting Ray. After all, Ford was doing pretty good with their Thunderbird that was once a 2-seater sports car, so why shouldn’t Chevrolet do the same, RIGHT?

Fortunately, this 4-seater Thunderbird fighter 1963 Sting Ray never went past the mock-up stage.

I’ve worked as a designer at Tyco Toys and Mattel Mt. Laurel in the R&D department and the ONLY way that bone headed ideas ever get past the verbal stage is if an executive makes the suggestion. Then you have to build one just to show the Mensa Society genius that it’s a dorky idea. A prototype 4-seater Sting ray was cobbled together and the story goes that an executive got stuck in the back seat and needed a lot of help to get out! I never heard of what happened to the prototype, but it probably went straight to the crusher where it belonged. Fortunately, that seemed to get Chevrolet off the four-seater Corvette forever.

So, is the four-door Corvette the solution to the “getting out of the back seat” problem? Oh, dear…

I’ve been highlighting odd-ball Corvettes for years now, and I believe this one gets The Grand Prize,” or maybe it should be the Booby prize. The car is up for auction on eBay and goes off  on August 10 at 12:06 PM. I added it to my eBay “Watch List” just to see if someone is willing to drop over a quarter of a million dollars on this… Corvette. The car was built by California Custom Coachworks. The body was stretched 30 inches and gained 500-pounds. Only six cars were built, with one being the prototype.

If you want to add it to your eBay watch list (just for grins or if you’re bored) CLICK HERE. The description is very shallow, so if you want more info about the car, go HERE.

The Corvette hobby is NEVER boring!  – Scott

PS – If for some reason you’re not at your computer when the auction for the car comes down to the end, fret not. There are possibly five other four door Corvettes that might someday show up in eBay.

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