Notable psychotropic drug enthusiast, gun lover, rabble-rouser and progenitor of “Gonzo” journalism Hunter S. Thompson never owned a Corvette, at least to our knowledge, but we’d like to think this wildy painted C3 would surely be be his Corvette of choice.
It’s bright green and yellow basecoat suggests the owner isn’t afraid of a little weirdness, while the cactus-peppered desert landscape on the rear decklid also alludes to the fact its driver is more adventure prone than most. (A fact made fully clear to anyone who’s watched Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, showcasing a chapter of Thompson’s chaotic life and times and a depiction of his own work of the same name.)
The fact the rear spoiler is adorned with 1966 Pontiac GTO lights only adds to the mystique.
Similarly, the interior also raises the bar of peculiarity and weirdness.
“THE INTERIOR WAS CUSTOM MADE WITH FULL WESTERN SENCES SEWN IN VELVET BEHIND SEATS AND REAR WINDOW,” says the eBay seller, whose auction ended unsuccessfully on June 23. In other words, its a cave of gold velvet.
Meanwhile, the numbers-matching 454 ci engine with two four-barrel carburetors should have no problem propelling occupants down the highway. However, you’ll need to give it a little TLC before you begin your psychedelic roadtrip, as the seller says it’s currently not running and the carbs need to be rebuilt- a fact that comes as little surprise when you find out the engine was last started in 2004.
Sure, it’ll require some work to get it started, but it’s hard to argue against such a unique proposition when the asking price is but a mere $10,000.
The auction might be closed but interested parties can still direct potential inquiries to the number 646 670-2890. Once you’ve bagged the C3, all you need is a fistful of hallucinogens to really complete the Thompson-esque vibe.