For almost 60 years, the Chevy Corvette has defined American success. What red blooded male doesn’t want to find himself behind the wheel of GM’s flagship sports car? As a result, millions or Corvettes have hit the road, and an aftermarket has flourished to support them. It also allowed a lot of car customizers to get creative with their designs, resulting in many bizarre creations, from Corvette limos to Corvette station wagons.
And then there are the Caballista Corvettes, created between 1979 and 1982 by Les Dunham, who was known for making famous Hollywood cars that appeared in movies like Superfly and the Bond movie Live and Let Die. Dunham created 50 of these Caballista Corvettes, which looked more like coaches of yesteryear than modern performance cars. One reader over at Bangshift came across one of these rare Caballista Corvettes on a roadside in New Hampshire.
Costing over $60,000 back in the early 1980’s (approximately $140,000 today, or one-quarter speedboat full of cocaine at the time) the Caballista Corvette swapped out pretty much every body panel and interior piece for a custom job, resulting in a car that looks nothing like the Corvette it was based on. We wouldn’t blame you for not believing that deep down underneath all that trim is a C3 Corvette screaming to be let out. This particular example is for sale, though it is hard to imagine it fetching anywhere near the initial $60,000 investment. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What would you pay for this “beauty?”