Confused Car: Is This a Corvette or a Viper?
What would you call this confused car, a Corvette or a Viper? It depends on how you look at it, or how it looks to you. It’s not an especially bad mashup, as mashups go. And it wasn’t done in the U.S., but in a country where Corvettes and Vipers are very rare. So what is this CorViper or Vipette?
What year Corvette is this Viper mashup?
This started as a 1995 C4 Corvette. But most of the body looks to be from a Viper, or modification of a Viper body, which is fiberglass. The easy way you can tell it isn’t a Viper is the overall proportions, which are a bit truncated. And scoping out the top is the other obvious difference.
But if you saw it passing on the boulevard, it might fool you. Or not. Drilling down a bit, it is hard to tell if the giant hood and door shut lines are because things weren’t shut, or because that’s how they are. And a lot of the flowing lines of the fenders and doors are somewhat stiff.
Or maybe you can say they’re squarish. The fenders on a Viper dip as they transition toward the doors, and on this Corvette/Viper they don’t. And the vents in the front fenders disrupt any flow, and also visually shorten the distance between the doors and front wheel openings. They were a lot of work that might not be necessary
Was the Corvette interior made to look like a Viper?
At the rear, the top transitions much like the first Vipers, which is a good thing. But the rear window is awkward. And what’s up with the deck spoiler? It looks like it came off of a Smart car. If you can disregard the rear window and spoiler, the rear ¾ view comes off the best.
Inside, the cabin is virtually 100% later C4 Corvette. Even the Corvette logo is attached to the steering wheel. No mashup here. The same applies to what’s under the hood.
What’s under the Corvette/Viper mashup’s hood?
It’s a naturally-aspirated 5.7-liter V8 with 300 hp that spins a four-speed manual transmission. That doesn’t quite compare to the 8.0-liter V10 with 400 hp, backed by a six-speed manual transmission. But with 95,000 miles on it, there is still some life in the Chevrolet small block.
The price isn’t terrible. Located in Germany, the asking price is €15,500, or $19,344 converted. Is it worth the price because it’s a not-terrible Viper mashup, or is it worth less than a 1994 to 1996 Corvette in stock condition with 95,000 miles on the ticker? Looking at current prices, around $20,000 is about the going price for a stock 1995 Corvette with around 100,000 miles. It is more difficult to determine what they sell for in Europe.
We have to give the builder props, however. He envisioned a project, and he completed it. How many projects do you know of that have been sitting for 10, 20, or 30 years? Maybe there’s even one in your garage?