Not that you can tell that it’s a Corvette, but Bring a Trailer has an off-road buggy that was once a 1999 Chevrolet Corvette. The buggy looks like it’s ready to audition for the next Mad Max film, but it has a sports car heritage with its factory chassis and drivetrain.
The conversion started by taking the fixed-roof coupe fibreglass body off and putting in an exterior cage made of DOM tubing. The front and rear frame rails were shortened as well. The 5.7-litre LS1 V8 is mated with a six-speed manual gearbox. Some of the factory interiors remained intact. The Buggy is rated at 345 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. A Jeep Wrangler Rubicon front bumper was added, along with DOT-certified Hella headlamps. The LED taillight assembly includes turn signals and reverses lights. For a throatier growl, a muffler from a 2019 Camaro Z/28 was installed. A short-throw shifter was also added in. Aluminium sheets were used to fabricate the engine cover, cowl splash shields, and rear panels. Two hooks, a front light bar, and a fire extinguisher mounted behind the driver finish off the accessories.
The buggy is mounted on 17-inch C5 Z06 wheels shod in Firestone Destination MT2 tires. Factory adjusters raised the Corvette suspension, and the TPMS, ABS, and DSC systems were all disabled. About the only thing you might recognize as coming from a Corvette are the factory dash, console, carpet, and seats, which are covered in a woven cloth. Oddly enough, the open cab still enjoys a heater and air conditioner that work. The radio also works—and if there were still speakers you might be able to enjoy some good music while going off-road.
Priced at $24,000, the buggy has already sold. It came a long way from its 1999 Chevrolet Corvette origins, but it sure looks like it’s a lot of fun to drive through the desert—or a post-apocalyptic wasteland.