We’ve all heard about “trailer queen” Corvettes, you know, the ones that are hauled back and forth to shows and never used for their Zora-intended purpose of roaring down the straightaway.
If all you want to do is just sit back and admire your classic Corvette while it’s parked in your garage, then this full-scale model of a ’57 could be a perfect budget-fitting answer for you.
Previously a museum piece, this 1:1 scale model can be yours for only $15,000 at Orlando Classic Cars in Florida. It also made an appearance at last week’s Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, Fla., where it had to settle for “The Bid Goes On” stage after stalling at an unacceptable $7,100.
While $15,000 – or even $7,100 – might sound like a lot of money for a model car, look on the bright side since it’s actually still much cheaper than the real, drivable versions we found on the internet, some going for way more than $100,000!
The model, which had been on display in the ’57 Heaven Museum in Branson, Mo., until it closed its doors in 2009, definitely looks authentic in photos on a computer screen.
Indeed, practically the only tell-tale giveaway from the listing photos are the four roller wheels underneath each corner of the car, allowing it to be rolled around very easily. At a glance, everything else appears to be the real deal, including the iconic two-tone paint job on the body that features wraparound windshield, chrome work, and instrument panel and seats. About the only things missing are the drivetrain, suspension, and frame, along with a shifter in the floorboard.
We think this model would make a great conversation piece for an auto-themed restaurant or bar, especially with its practical ability to be rolled around, making it easy to clean underneath when a patron spills his drink. A true enthusiast might also enjoy looking at the model in his man cave or garage, as he listens to Elvis on his jukebox and enjoys a bite of his Sonic burger.
Think of it this way. If you had a real ’57 Corvette in unrestored condition, you probably couldn’t drive it either. At least this way, you have something beautiful to look at!
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