The Spanish word Caballista translates to horseman/horsewoman. But not like caballero, which is a knight or cowboy or someone who rides horses, but the caballista is an expert on horses. It is someone who knows different breeds and understands that a Corvette is not built by Mercedes. And slapping some garish body kit on a Corvette does not increase the value of the Vette, but it does make for an interesting conversation piece at your next Cars and Cocaine event. Find this 1977 Chevrolet Corvette Caballista offered for $20,000 somewhere near Chicago, IL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
When the Cadillac XLR was released for the 2004 model year, everyone thought that the Bowling Green, KY assembled 2-seat convertible would be a Corvette with some Cadillac badging and a walnut trim interior. But it wasn’t. The XLR might have been built in the same production facility and shared a hydroformed frame as the Vette, but the XLR had a unique Cadillac NorthStar V8, magneto-rheological shock absorbers (for enhanced ride control), a 5 or 6 speed automatic transmission and a power-retractable aluminum hardtop. It also had walnut trim. Find this 2004 Cadillac XLR offered for $19,500 in Plainville, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
If you found yourself in the position of being forced to drive a convertible with a Chevrolet LT1 V8, I can imagine you could say no to the ’96 Roadmaster with the “custom” chop-top or the ’95 TTrans Am without a title…but this next car has a title and is an original Vette Convertible with a low 42k miles on it. Find this 1990 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible offered for $12,500 in Pleasant Hill, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I’m not a big fan of the whole finding cars in barns movement where people pay disproportionately large amounts of money to have the pleasure of pumping more money into restoring an old heap of parts…but sometimes you find a car that might be worth the cost of restoration because the asking price is so far below the going rate of decent version. The subject car might have been stored in the barn, but the reasons for ownership has less to do with the emotional aspects This next car fits into that paradigm, but will depend on the condition of the frame that sits under the fiberglass outer panels. Find this 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427 4-Speed offered for $16,500 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.
This next car comes from Jeff who writes: A great example of a solid sports car that checks so many of the boxes. On the higher end of the NADA price spectrum, but when it comes to mileage, condition, performance/durability and fun factor, this is hard to beat. Find this 2000 Chevrolet Corvette offered for $16,000 in Columbus, NE via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from David who writes: Look, run it, don’t run I’m aces either way. But just tell me that’s not actually the air cleaner mounted on what should be the top of the quarter panel. As the proud owner of a ’90 C4 Corvette I’m tempted to get this just to confuse everyone. Yes David, that is a rare optional headrest/aircleaner attached to a single piece Vettish fiberglass body sitting on a Beetle chassis. Wow, that was harder to write than I expected. Find this 1973 Volkswagen Beetle Custom Corvette offered for $1234 in Apopka, FL via fiberbook glassplace.
This next car met the criteria for featuring on DailyTurismo for two reasons; first (but not primarily) is that it is the cheapest C5 Z06 I’ve ever seen for sale that wasn’t wrecked, and second (most certainly primarily) is because it is located in the town of Pflugerville. Say it out loud; Pflugerville. If this is not a made up name of a town, I don’t know…welp…duckduckgo says it is indeed a town in Texas named after the German word for “ploughman,” but I’m pretty sure that if I was a supervillian I’d claim it as my home town. Find this 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 offered for $11000 in Pflugerville, TX via craigslist.
This next custom Chevrolet Corvette came as a tip from REDACTED. The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. Of course this thing is located in the Jersey Shore — where else would you find such a car that is stricken with VettAIDS…oh…never mind, that is a VettAid Dash Cluster. I’m sure there is an antibiotic ointment for that. Find this 1989 Chevrolet Corvette offered for $11,500 in Jersey Shore, NJ via craigslist.
The Saleen S7 was an insane mid-engine supercar (hypercar?) built by madman Steve Saleen and sold in minimal quantities for a catastrophic sum of money ($500k?) from 2000 through 2009. This next car is NOT a Saleen S7, but it does a decent job of hiding the basic C5 Corvette body in a Saleenish body. My only suggestion is to remove the “Saleen” badging and replace it with something whimsical and mysterious like; “L’Orange” or “Spleentastic” or “Corvantic” or “El Chupacabra”. Find this 2000 Chevrolet Corvette C5 Saleen kit offered for $24000 buy-it-now located in Kew Gardens, NY via eBay. Tip from Cory.
Here is a challenge for you folks on the interweb — find me a car that’ll go around a proper American road course (let’s say Laguna Seca) faster than this next thing for a similar amount of money. Some basic stats for the base C5; 350 horsepower LS1 V8, 6-speed manual, 3200 lbs curb weight, 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds and on to 13.3 at 108mph in the 1/4 mile…and you get all that (plus some peeling paint!) for $7k. Find this 2000 Chevrolet Corvette offered for $7000 in Duncanville, TX via craigslist.