What would you do with a C5 Corvette rolling chassis?

Colin
By Colin Wood
Jun 25, 2022 | Corvette, C5 Corvette

Photography Courtesy ShiftGate Automotive Auctions

What would you do if you suddenly became the owner of a C5 Corvette rolling chassis?

Funny enough, one such chassis recently went up for sale over on ShiftGate Automotive Auctions. At the time of writing, the current (and only) bid sits at $100 with 13 days left in the auction.

The seller believes the chassis–which came from a 1997 Corvette that was written off by an insurance company–currently has 55,000 miles on it.

So, do you build a track car? A time attack machine? Perhaps something else entirely? There’s no wrong answers here.

Check out the listing over at ShiftGate Automotive Auctions.

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ralph63
ralph63
6/24/22 1:19 p.m.

extend wheelbase 2.5 inch and mate it up to my 68 Firebird convertible!

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/24/22 1:26 p.m.
ralph63 said:

extend rear wheel openings 2.5 inch forward and mate it up to my 68 Firebird convertible!

 

stonebreaker
stonebreaker New Reader
6/24/22 1:35 p.m.

Put an Art Morrison C1 body on it.

SRTBoone
SRTBoone
6/24/22 1:37 p.m.

Find a mid-engine transaxle and call Factory Five! The GTM is beautiful. 

msterbeau
msterbeau New Reader
6/24/22 2:11 p.m.

Yes.

earlybroncoguy1
earlybroncoguy1 Reader
6/24/22 2:14 p.m.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/24/22 2:56 p.m.
GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/24/22 3:20 p.m.

For $100? Corvette ghettocet challenge entry first of all laughThen add bodywork to make your own low-budget AM Vulcan knockoff...

jharry3
jharry3 GRM+ Memberand Dork
6/24/22 4:23 p.m.

Turn it into a big Lotus 7 like vehicle?

  Probably need larger than 1" x 1" square tubing though.

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
6/24/22 4:27 p.m.

Up to $1500 as of this post.  Posting the initial $100 bid is kind of a red herring, everyone knows it will sell for much higher.

kb58
kb58 SuperDork
6/24/22 4:28 p.m.

Put it under an old "farm truck" shell and surprise the crap out of sports cars. I actually considered doing that for a while, and some truck models have wheel bases virtually the same as the Corvette, making the adaption a bit simpler.

Patrick
Patrick GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/24/22 4:55 p.m.

In reply to earlybroncoguy1 :

BTDT

rustomatic
rustomatic Reader
6/24/22 8:07 p.m.

You stick it under a cheap Falcon, duh.

They have been selling this setup on eBay for years, by the way . . .

billstewartx
billstewartx Reader
6/24/22 8:09 p.m.

AutoTragic

 

GM > MG
GM > MG New Reader
6/24/22 8:25 p.m.

Try and find Ferrari 365GT kit car.

Same wheelbase would make it a drop in swap...

surprise frown crying

jmc14
jmc14 HalfDork
6/24/22 8:57 p.m.

I would build an aluminum tub to which the C5 Cradles bolt to.  Keep the stock C5 wheelbase.  Shorten the torque tube by 23 inches.  Make some fiberglass panels that bolt to the tub.  Then have FUN.  1640lbs.  :)

 

Then I would make a second, full body that fits the same car.  Can change the bodies out in about an hour.  

I changed headers to the ones that are under the full body car.  

 

jmc14
jmc14 HalfDork
6/24/22 9:07 p.m.

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/24/22 9:20 p.m.
Patrick said:

In reply to earlybroncoguy1 :

BTDT

No you didn't 

Wally (Forum Supporter)
Wally (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/25/22 10:05 a.m.

Probably just turn it into a non-rolling chassis then pile stuff on it. 

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
6/25/22 10:14 a.m.
stuart in mn said:

Up to $1500 as of this post.  Posting the initial $100 bid is kind of a red herring, everyone knows it will sell for much higher.

$1500 and reserve is not met. 

GM > MG
GM > MG New Reader
6/27/22 2:08 p.m.
Wally (Forum Supporter) said:

Probably just turn it into a non-rolling chassis then pile stuff on it. 

The most accurate and truthful answer...

RossD
RossD MegaDork
6/27/22 2:09 p.m.

Make a better 928.

Defined motorsports
Defined motorsports SuperDork
6/27/22 6:14 p.m.

Viper v10. 

Tom1200
Tom1200 UltraDork
6/27/22 10:17 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

You beat me to it.

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