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Florida’s Best: the Extra Terrestrial Vehicle

Alex Kierstein June 2, 2010 In General 23 Comments

No, that’s not a 15′ long replica of a Microsoft optical mouse. Nor is it an acid-induced photochop. The Extra-Terrestrial Vehicle is the brainchild of Mike Vetter (a noted Florida builder of custom “supercars” and, strangely enough, a Gemballa-modified Carrera GT), and its for sale now on eBay in a delightfully gut-churning shade of red.

Be thankful this image isn't larger.

Eschewing the more traditional VW Type 1 pan situation, the “sporty” ETV is built around a (I’m not even making this up) Chevy Aveo’s Cobalt chassis and engine, which is as far as I can tell completely bone stock. At approximately $22,000 more than a bare-bones 2010 Corvette, it doesn’t exactly take a financial planner to tell ya this is possibly the worst value in recent memory.

To paraphrase Shelley,

And on the wretched fender these words appear:
“My name is Mike Vetter, king of kustoms:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that enormous POS, bloated and gaudy
The lone and level suburbs stretch far away.

And, despair ye shall: Extra-Terrestrial Vehicle on eBay Motors

  • http://www.oleragtop.blogspot.com longrooffan

    Even though this is less than 50 miles from me, and I love a road trip, there is no f*cking way I am going to go see this in person. Hopefully, my 15 year old daughter will be a grandmother before this is uniformly accepted as automobile styling. But then this olelongrooffan also chose the '58 Pontiac Pace Car.

  • dwegmull

    When I saw the first picture I questioned the "kill it, kill it with fire", then I looked at the second picture and thought: " well, this is certainly an acquired taste, maybe it's not horrible in person, however I would not kill it" but then I spotted "Aveo" and the part about being way more expensive than a Corvette and killing with fire seamed like a good solution.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Alff Alff

    Does it leave a slimy trail as it slowly moves down the road?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/tonyola tonyola

    I think it's kind of neat in a scifi way, though it's not practical and I wouldn't pay serious money. I sort of like the color too.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/smokyburnout smokyburnout

      I thought it was kinda neat too, but then I looked at the eBay listing and saw that it still had the Cobalt's interior, and the (now impossible to reach) front-mounted front-drive Cobalt drivetrain.
      At least "it can check tire preasure for you automatically."

  • SirNotAppearing

    I've seen this elsewhere, possibly on Jalop, in silver. The roof is finished in a classy clitoris design.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/dmilligan dmilligan

    Nuke it until it glows and shoot it in the dark.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Han_Solex Han_Solex

    DAMMIT! I forgot to include the following tag: "Nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."

  • rovingardener

    Is this guy related to Craig Vetter, the fairing fellow?

    If so, the epoxy has had a nasty effect.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Number_Six Number_Six

    I am going to take my $260million powerball winnings and use it shoot this, its maker, and Celine Dion into space. Then it will truly be extra terrestrial.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/CptSevere CptSevere

    The thing is so hideous I can't stop looking at it. Good thing it's not brown.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/dukeisduke dukeisduke

    I'd like to see it in a crusher.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Mike_the_Dog Mike_the_Dog

    Good God that thing's hideous! After the ridicule we heaped on the silver one he built some time ago, I'm kind of shocked that he went ahead and built another one.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Saturnsufferer Saturnsufferer

    Anyone else notice that the dash is vertically 2/3 of the windshield?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/iheartstiggie Ambersand

    It looks like a giant Goldfish cracker. I must see this up close. I'm actually intrigued!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/muthalovin muthalovin

    Okay, as some of you may, or may not know, I am originally from Roswell, NM. I am POSITIVE I could get the local bank to give me a loan for that egregious amount. I could pay the loan off in no time by giving tourists rides around town. I would have to upgrade the windows to bullet-proof, however.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Alff Alff

    Han, you're attributing the wrong Shelley for this monstrosity.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/joshuman joshuman

      It took me a moment but then Mary came to mind. Mary leads to Percy. I think Percy wrote a story or a poem about a woman eating wallpaper and going crazy (or was she going crazy from eating the wallpaper). Anyway, I figure you'd have to like to eat wallpaper to be crazy enough to buy this hideous vehicle.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/engineerd engineerd

    I'm all for pushing the bounds of design. We all complain that cars are getting more and more boring. However, some boundaries aren't meant to be crossed.

    Though, you'll never mistake your car for another Cobalt.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/superbadd75 soo΄pәr-bādd75

    From what I see, its biggest crime is being a base Cobalt underneath. It might be more interesting with 260hp moving it. The shape isn't completely offensive to me, other than the huge intakes to nowhere, and it's definitely different. Like 'neerd said, everyone complains about nothing being original any more. This car has originality in spades, and it'd damn sure draw a crowd. The only problem with that would be telling people what it really is when they come to look at it.

  • rotaryhead

    Notice what he says on the eBay page: "So many cars and motorcycles give the thumbs up, or just plain yell something." I wonder what that something is?

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