For many enthusiasts, the placement of the engine is one of the defining characterists on whether or not a sports car has achieved “super car status”. The Mid Engine/Rear Engine debate surrounding Corvettes has been going on now for some 30+ years and with every new announcement surrounding a next generation Vette, we seem to have this debate all over again.
But one ingenious C4 Corvette owner decided to skip that debate and have it both ways by installing a mock 350 V8 in the rear cargo area of a 1985 yellow Coup [sic]. If you love this idea, then the good news is that this Corvette can be yours as it’s now listed for sale on Craigslist.
Kudos to our friends at CorvetteOnline.com who found this ultra-rare piece of machinery listed on Craigslist for $8,000. They summed up the find with a capital “WTF” and we have to agree with their conclusions:
“It doesn’t function, it looks odd, it killed the trunk space, and thanks to the weight, it makes the car much slower than it already was.”
Perhaps the only redeeming benefit of the mock rear engine is that fact that you’re basically carrying a spare power plant with you where ever you go. You know, just in case something goes wrong with the front engine. And not to get into semantics, but as the engine rests in front of and on the rear axle, technically that makes it a “mock” mid-engine, right?
The Craigslist ad is horribly short on specifics, mentioning only the mock rear engine and flames painted on the roof. The seller claims the yellow Corvette gets a lot of looks and is fun to drive, but those characteristics are inherent to basically all Corvettes, mock rear engines or not!