Off-Road Corvette is the best Corvette

I don’t think that 2021 will be the respite that so many believe it to be. We’ve been doing this dumb dance that the next year will be better since 2014… That’s like 30 years ago. 2020 hasn’t aged well for me.

As a result, maybe we all need to start thinking about building our own bug-out vehicles. A bug-out vehicle is supposed to be capable, reliable, decent on fuel economy, and… Who cares?

This Corvette seems like a decent starting point.

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Maybe this International Scout. Do not pay any attention to the daylight filtering through the sides of the tailgate. You usually pay extra for that kind of luxurious air circulation.

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However, this is probably the best option. It just needs some decent all-terrains, and you’re set with a 400-mile range.

Maybe I’ve been working from home for too long. I am daydreaming about getting away from everyone. What vehicle would you choose to avoid the world?

9 Comments

  1. I’m assuming that Corvette has either a really stiff suspension or those wheels rub over every bump.

  2. I kinda like the Corvette, but I’m also sad that what seems like a clean 6 speed Corvette in a good color was cut up to make it. Surely there are plenty of beater Corvettes out there, right?

    That Scout look like fun, but it seems the flow through ventilation is not confined to the missing tailgate seals. Also, it says automatic but I see a floor shift. Did these have a floor shifted automatic?

    Add all terrains to that Prius and you’ll kill that 400 mile range quickly. Also, these have aggressive traction control that can’t be turned off which will kill the fun.

    1. Yup, all floor shifts on all Scouts, 80, 800 and II. Fact is it is when they added it to the early Scouts it was cheaper to do a floor shift because that meant they could use the same steering column for any transmission.

  3. I am getting away from my family and, occasionally, sanity, with my fancy Centennial. In quite unintended ways. Now the first ever 1st gen I have seen in NA just popped up, a 2007 V8 in great condition. This is Korea’s first V8, and such a fine car. Don’t know about zombies and all that, but I am sure it drives wonderfully…like an 80s Buick, according to DeMuro.
    https://www.kijiji.ca/v-autos-camions/longueuil-rive-sud/2007-centennial-equus-vs450-v8-tres-rare-87000km-certifie/1538479624
    https://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NzY4WDEyMDA=/z/zh0AAOSwNM1fw45M/$_59.JPG
    https://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NzY4WDEyMDA=/z/tdUAAOSw3L1fw45I/$_59.JPG
    (And, yes, of course I am shameless enough to have inquired its history with the seller…)

  4. Yeah you aren’t going to get a 400 mile range out of a Traveler with the 345 and automatic unless it has the aftermarket ~38 gallon tank, 2.73 gears and you’ve got a light foot. The tailgate just needs new weather stripping which is available or you can head to the wrecking yard and look for door weather stripping, I used stuff off of a G20.

    1. My pal, who sold me his 1963 Scout ten years after I convinced him to buy it, bought a very nice looking Traveler in about 2010. It presented as being very solid, in original paint, no bubbling. Five years later it went to the scrapper after having dissolved in his driveway. I was amazed at how much rust bloomed on that truck, given the very dry years San Francisco was having. He parked on an incline and even the uphill side fell to dust. It was like the truck waited 30 years for him to buy it so it could surrender to oblivion.

      Mind you, he parked it in the exact same spot the 1963 had been in for 5 or 6 years and the Scout 80 emerged unblemished.

      1. That is strange that it went so quickly. It doesn’t surprise me that the 63 fared better as the Scout II (and D-series) seem to have more problems with rust than the 80/800 (and C-series).

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