Rate It: The Retro-Styled, 1000-Horsepower Corvette From Equus

Equus Automotive—not to be confused with the Hyundai Equus—appeared on the scene with its Bass 770 “luxury muscle car” that sported old-school styling and the 640-horsepower supercharged LS engine from the Corvette ZR1.

In an effort to outdo themselves, apparently, the Michigan-based company released this in 2018, the Equus Throwback.

Based on the C7 Corvette, the car is said to be capable of 1000 horsepower when paired with an unspecified option package. The company also boasts that the car is entirely bespoke, with numerous “customization and personalization opportunities” available to buyers.

Perhaps not surprisingly, prices start at $140,000 (which was about the going rate C7 ZR1 when new) and only 25 were planned to be built, “insuring collector status and exclusivity.”

It’s also worth noting that the website’s copyright is dated 2018, so it makes us wonder if anyone bought one.

Does a bespoke Corvette Corvette with oversized driving lamps sound like your kind of exclusive ride, or would you rather sink that kind of cash into a brand-new C8 Corvette?

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Purple Frog (Forum Supporter)
Purple Frog (Forum Supporter) Reader
10/12/20 8:50 a.m.

The blue C8 on display in Kentucky wins hands down.

tuna55 MegaDork
10/12/20 9:00 a.m.

Damg, I really like that.

Patrick (Forum Supporter)
Patrick (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/12/20 9:01 a.m.

I would rock it

surfshibby07 Reader
10/12/20 9:05 a.m.

Not sure how i feel about it tbh. I like that its different. Could grow on me for sure.

bigdaddylee82 UberDork
10/12/20 9:16 a.m.

Trent (Generally supportive dude)
Trent (Generally supportive dude) PowerDork
10/12/20 9:22 a.m.

When I think "retro styled" I'm not sure 18 forward facing LEDs is what comes to mind.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
10/12/20 9:30 a.m.

The exhaust engineer used to own a Honda about 15 years ago, I assume.

STM317 UberDork
10/12/20 9:40 a.m.

At least they got the round tail lights right

ProDarwin MegaDork
10/12/20 9:47 a.m.
Keith Tanner said:

The exhaust engineer used to own a Honda about 15 years ago, I assume.

I think he or she has a thing for coal rolling trucks.

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dean1484 MegaDork
10/12/20 9:51 a.m.

To me it looks worse than what they started with. I also don't see and retro in it at all.  They took a C7 and put C6 & C5 styling ques on it added big driving lights to ruin the aero. This is somehow retro?  This is what you get when a bunch car guys go drinking and have lots of extra cash. Proof that there are different strokes for different folks I guess. 

bigdaddylee82 UberDork
10/12/20 9:56 a.m.

For the 'vette owner who wants gold laces on their white New Balances.

John Welsh (Moderate Supporter)
John Welsh (Moderate Supporter) Mod Squad
10/12/20 10:25 a.m.

Who's suing who over that name?  I would not want my $150k "super car" to be confused with a production model from a low priced player, even if that model in question is the highest offering of the otherwise sedate marque.  


It looks like they tried a "split window" look running a seam from the windshield/roof to the mid of the rear glass.  Questionable.  


The mufflers are too big but I like the Italian rear valance/lamp treatment; at least in the upper portion of the rear.  

John Welsh (Moderate Supporter)
John Welsh (Moderate Supporter) Mod Squad
10/12/20 10:28 a.m.

Are these pictures "glamour shots" from the manufacturer?  I ask because they fail to be glamorous.  Who chooses snowy roads for a car that would be impossible to drive in the snow.  


I find the horse logo to be cheesy.  It takes away from the car trying to be something of a better C7 and makes it a Ferrari want-a-be or generally a Fiero kit car.   I think this alone will be the reason the cars will not "appreciate" in value or respected exclusivity.  

MotorsportsGordon HalfDork
10/12/20 11:10 a.m.

It's not bad looking but honestly not much retro about that frankly they could have done more styling they kept a lot of the c7. The front they just did a different grill,added a c1 looking piece on the doors and gave rounded taillights.

Duke MegaDork
10/12/20 12:45 p.m.

That thing has all the proportional grace of a Bradley GT.


A 401 CJ
A 401 CJ Dork
10/12/20 2:22 p.m.

In reply to ProDarwin :

I was going to say: looks like the offspring of a Ferrari and a bro-dozer.  

RichardSIA HalfDork
10/12/20 6:21 p.m.

Nope, not "Retro" at all.

For the price I could take my pick of 1953-55's, '57 F.I., or pretty much any other genuine article.

Real classics or even retro have round headlamps, Fail.

Uncle David (Forum Supporter)
Uncle David (Forum Supporter) New Reader
10/12/20 6:32 p.m.

Too many different and contradictory features. 

  • Early Corvette side coves at a goofy angle
  • '68 Charger rear panel
  • C3 hips
  • '00's Chinese retrofit HID's
  • Pep Boys stick-on "brushed aluminum" dash bezel
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter)
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/13/20 12:27 p.m.

All that work and they had tha chance to de-uglyfy it.  Instead then sent it back through the uglification machine a few more times.  

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