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Unbelievable! Con man trying to push modified C3 Vette as one of the original "Mako Shark II" concept cars!
These pictures arrived in my mailbox a few weeks back. They were sent to me by a German man who was very interested in owning a Corvette, and wanted me to verify the authenticity of this vehicle. I knew (even though I am no expert) immediately the car was a fake... just looking at the rear end told me that. The car is obviously an 80-82 model. (It could have been a 78 or 79 with the optional spoiler.) And nobody, no matter how crass or uncultured they may be, would dare put after-market wheels on a rare concept Vette.
Here's a few other problems revealed in the pictures.....
This is quite obviously a dash out of a late C3 Vette. Notice the flat gauges, the shift knob and the after-market stereo. After-market stereo... now there's a good one. Hey! Let's take our priceless Corvette concept car down to the local TRex Car Audio and let a surly 19 year old technician hack a hole in the center console!
Here's what the rear-end of the actual Mako II is supposed to look like...
... that's a far cry from this:
I do have to admit that they did a pretty good job on the nose of the Fako Mako:
Here's a shot of the real thing:
If the seller of this car was presenting it as a modified Vette, I would have no problem with it. (Even though I loathe the thought of ruining any Corvette like this by slapping on a lot of phony body cladding and other cretinous after market add-ons.) It just really gets to me when someone lies about what they're selling. The most laughable part of this whole thing is the seller's asking price-- 25,000 Euro. (About 25K USD) If rare Vette concepts were just 25K, I'd own several by now. And furthermore, 25K is WAY too much for a C3 Vette in the first place. You rarely see the late C3 Vettes for any more than 8 to 13K. If the person trying to sell this car is reading this, I just have to say: "Stop lying and cut your price in half!"
2002 Car Guy of Benchfield