If you’re a regular attendee of the custom hot rod shows like Detroit’s Autorama, you’ve probably heard Chuck Miller’s name before. Miller has been designing, building and customizing cars since the early 1960s. While he has slowed down in recent years, he was still named Autorama’s 2010 Builder of the Year and is a member of the Detroit Autorama Circle of Champions.
We recently came across one of Chuck Miller’s builds for sale on eBay – a 1971 Corvette SportWagon that’s listed by a seller in Norway.
We’ve featured Corvette SportWagons before and some will hate this like they hate any Corvette that’s not 100% original. But we love the SportWagons both for the versatility and unique look. Remember, back in the seventies it was considered cool to customize and the Corvette was always a great canvas to work with.
This 1971 Corvette SportWagon was built by Miller at his Styline Custom Body Shop in Michigan. While he is credited with building six Corvette SportWagons, this Brown and Tan model was his personal car which was documented in his autobiography.
According to an older post on Hooniverse, this car was relocated to Europe in 2002 but arrangements can be made to bring it back home to the States.
The SportWagon features its original drivetrain with a 350-ci/270-hp V8 under the hood which is coupled to a 3-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic auto transmission. All the ignition shielding is in place and the car is listed as mechanically perfect.
The exterior color is called Custom Ginger Honey and the interior is listed as custom Coffee Brown. As the car is a 1971 model, it still retains its chrome bumpers – something that we always thought was lacking on the later SportWagon models created by John Greenwood.
We do love how Miller redid the the front of the car, removing the headlight buckets for a pair of fixed headlights while the middle of the hood tapers down in the middle into a custom grill between the lights and perfectly centered between the two front bumpers. Unfortately, the rear glass window is fixed and doesn’t contain a latch so all items you plan to haul with the SportWagon will need to be loaded through the doors.
The custom 1971 Corvette SportWagon would definitely be the talk of any Corvette show, but its $55,000 price tag and the fact that its in Norway will make this a tough sell here in the states. The auction still has another 20 days or so to go with the closing date being December 22, 2015.
For more on Chuck Miller, check out his website. It’s a bit out of date, but you can see some the customizations that he is known for.
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