…and that’s not a good thing. Your author wasn’t around in the seventies, literally missing that entire decade by one year, but somehow I’m not mad about it. With people clearly being either very bored, or under a heavy influence of psychedelic drugs, or both, some of the oddest creations seemed to have rolled out of that decade covered in tons of fiberglass, custom paint, and ungainly chrome pieces.
No, this picture wasn’t taken in the ’70s, but in modern-day SoCal. Yes, this car is still this clean, this ridiculous, and yes, that is a mid-70s Ford Ranchero with 14-inch Mag wheels in the background. Far out, man!
Some have been restored to a more normal appearance, others have been wrecked, stolen or crushed, while many, many more have slipped into the obscurity of time. Somehow, this creation found on Craigslist has fallen through the cracks and is still in excellent shape from its glory days filled with bell bottoms and disco music.
It started out in life as a typical, ’69 427/4-speed Corvette of an unknown hue, and at some point during either the Ford or Carter Administrations, went under the knife to become this creation you’re looking at here.
It’s still rockin’ the big-block, but it’s now wearing a three-stage Candy Apple Red paint job that, admittedly, still looks really good for its age. It’s never been in any accidents, inclement weather, and the odometer only reads 341 miles.
Despite it’s awkward appearance, it all seems pretty good, until you see the price tag. One hundred stacks would gain you the keys and the title, but for that kind of coin, we would rather pick up a new ZR1, have twice the power and performance and look 1/16th as ridiculous.
The plates, the classic Cali blues from the late '70s/early '80s, are still attached to the car. '1999 Vette' is a homage to the prediction of the then-far-future of what Corvettes could look like as imagined in the seventies. Thankfully, that future did not come to pass.