We came across something quite amusing thanks to the fellas at Jalopnik. Some will bash this build, and others will praise it. We’re not sure what to think of it ourselves. A diesel-powered Corvette? It sounds so … weird. What’s normal (for us at least) is seeing an LS swapped into just about anything. A VW bus, a Willys Jeep, you name it. So when we see the opposite happening, we’re caught off guard.
Let’s take a look at the specifics. This 1968 Chevy Corvette has a Cummins 6BT (inline 6-cylinder) engine under the hood, runs the quarter-mile in 11.88 seconds. Yes, it rolls coal. And we can’t omit that thrilling turbo whistle.
As awesome and unique as the build may be, we can see why it might be hard to appreciate. Although the 6BT is one of the lighter members of the Cummins diesel engine family, it’s certainly heavier than an aluminum LS V8. On top of this handicap, we’re sure a good amount of fabrication went into completing the swap.
Overall, we enjoy seeing unique builds like this and we appreciate the time and effort that’s put into them. Maybe the owner’s goal wasn’t to be the fastest at the track, maybe he just wanted to try something different. To us, there’s nothing wrong with that. Hail the Cummins Corvette!