This 1987 Chevrolet Corvette convertible embraces the ’80sness of the ‘Vette. Everything on it is done over the top, from the purple paint job to the outrageous rear wing. And yes, it actually does say AIR FORCE ONE on it. Like the namesake ’80s sneakers, I love it for the tastelessness of it.
Talking Vettes with fellow scribe Blake “Made in the ’80s, loved by the ladies” Rong, he suggested we start an Ugly Corvette Week. Of course, ugliness, just like awesomeness is in the eye of the beholder, so I’m calling it Awesome Corvette Week. Make what you will of it, but here’s the AF-1 Vette in all its sparkling glory.
Everything on the Vette seems to be custom. The hood sports a bulge bigger than a plastic toboggan, and there are NACA ducts both on it and on both sides.
Then there’s the straked cladding. It’s sort of a hint towards Testarossa style side strakes, but wisely kept sensible. Ish.
Three-spoke chrome wheels!
Gold doorhandles with a Made in the USA emblem underneath – finished in gold with an EAGLE on it. The handles proclaim “Vehicle Protected by Security System.” I hope it’s laser-powered. INTRUDERS ARE ZAPPED TO DEATH.
But the cherry on top of this cherry is the huge rear wing. I don’t care if it’s functional in any way, it’s taller than the windshield or the roof. And it proclaims “CORVETTE” on it.
I can’t help but chuckle at it. Everything on this vehicle is immensely cool. It really isn’t a shrinking violet. There are custom Corvettes out there that look like absolute turds, but the assembly quality here is actually no joke. It’s a clean job.
It fits the car extremely well for it to have red leather. Take it to the max. I bid you godspeed, Corvette Air Force One.
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