You Have to See This Flood/Salvage Title Corvette Buggy

Well that’s something you don’t see every day. Browsing through the car social media world and I came across a screenshot of a Carfax advertisement for a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette. Sure enough, I found the listing from RP Exotics LLC via Carfax. You don’t know how bad I wanted it to be CarMax.

From the Carfax listing:

“This 2007 Chevrolet Corvette 2dr 2dr Convertible features a 6.0L 8 CYLINDER 8cyl Gasoline engine. It is equipped with a 6 Speed Manual transmission. The vehicle is Black with a Ebony Leather interior. It is offered As-Is, extended warranty is available. – Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Dual Zone Climate Control, Cruise Control, Power Steering, Power Windows, Power Mirrors, Leather Steering Wheel, Power Drivers Seat, Power Passenger Seat, Clock, Digital Info Center, Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag, Side Airbags, Keyless Entry, Security System, Fog Lights, Intermittent Wipers, AM/FM, CD Player, Leather Interior Surface, Carpeted Floor Mats, Center Console, Cup Holders, Heated Mirrors, HID Headlamps, Roll Stability Control, Sport Seats, Tire Pressure Monitor, Vanity Mirrors, Xenon – Contact Alex Long at 309-202-9335 or alex@rpexotics.com for more information.”

I went looking for the original listing as well and found it. The seller provides a bit more information.

“RP Exotics is pleased to offer this one of a kind 2007 Chevrolet Corvette! Built around a professional, full-strength roll cage, this Corvette “Buggy” is like nothing you have ever seen before! This is positively the funnest, most exhilarating driving experience in our inventory. There is literally nothing like it. Time to roast the tires!

Powered by a 6.0-liter V8 paired with a six-speed automatic transaxle and a limited-slip differential, this car is a BLAST. The cockpit features heated bucket seats upholstered in black leather with perforated central inserts. The leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel frames a tachometer with a 7k-rpm redline, a 200-mph speedometer, voltage gauge, gas gauge, oil pressure, and coolant temp. The digital odometer indicates 97k miles.”

RP Exotics is out of St. Louis and, as the name implies, primarily a peddler of higher end supercars. This Corvette creation is one of the cheapest cars on their website and they don’t provide a lot about it’s genesis.

It should come as no surprise that the Vette has a sketchy past, back on 11/23/2017 it was listed as a total loss while living in Texas with “Water damage reported”. I’m sure someone can align a specific storm or flood to that time period, but someone decided to just tear it down to the basics and build a “buggy”. While I would have rather seen a desert runner like this 1999 Corvette Buggy that crossed the virtual blocks at Bring-a-Trailer for $24,000, it’s still pretty wild. Sad that the builder couldn’t be bothered to do a manual swap though.

If anyone can find more info, we’d love to see it. In the meantime, here’s a big gallery so you can look at the build in detail in case the listing goes down.

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10 responses to “You Have to See This Flood/Salvage Title Corvette Buggy”

  1. Rubens Florentino Junior Avatar

    I believe Road Kill did something like that some time ago.

    1. OA5599 Avatar

      It started off as a Hot Rod project before Roadkill, and that was inspired by the sawzalled Cadillac (which also inspired the sawzalled Pontiac).

      Something like this would be fun, but maybe LT1 instead of Cross Fire.

  2. OA5599 Avatar

    The VIN on this one comes back as a manual transmission, so if there’s an auto in there now, THAT would have been a swap. The listing calls it a manual but also calls it an auto.

    https://en.bidhistory.org/chevrolet/corvette/2007/f829cd44ac324882-chevrolet-corvette-corvette-1g1yy36u375117388/

    At some point, I’d like to do a Vette kart, but the asking price on this one is about what I would expect to pay for an intact car with clean title. A kart should be half that price and have a minimal interior that can get rained on.

    The flood event is probably hurricane Harvey. The carfax dates are a little behind that timeline, but I imagine delays at the insurance companies could easily add a few months.

    1. crank_case Avatar

      Yeah, I was thinking exactly the same – interior needs to be totally stripped out, replace it with Stack digital dash, get rid of those heavy armchairs, put in some lightweight buckets, lower it, some front aero to balance the rear wing and some track focused sticky tires.

      The transmission – I dunno, depends how good the auto is and how fast it shifts? You could always take the chapparal approach of having an auto so you’ve got your left foot or right hand free to tweak aero on the fly.

  3. Hi I'm Danny Ganz Avatar

    So glad to see that you included the BaT Corvette Dune Buggy, for me that is the gold standard of these builds.

    1.  Avatar

      Yeah, honestly I think that would be a lot more fun.

  4. Neight428 Avatar

    Agree with OA – Hurricane Harvey flooded large swaths of the greater Houston area (and points east) around Labor Day 2017, this would be a likely victim. They jammed many acres of flooded vehicles at the decommissioned Texas World Speedway in College Station among other dump sites that took months for insurers to process. I had a coworker lose a 4Runner from an offsite airport parking lot and a friend’s P100D Tesla Model S had the San Jacinto river over the dashboard for a few days. September 2017 was the best sales month for every car dealer anywhere near Houston.

    1. Neight428 Avatar

      That said, we get street flooding bad enough to kill a Corvette probably four or five times a year at least somewhere in the area. The donk is a functional adaptation.

      1. OA5599 Avatar

        I have a W-body Oldsmobile I had been thinking about turning into a Gambler 500 car (with a James Garner livery, of course). I had been wondering about getting tire clearance, and soon realized that the aftermarket already has these parts over-the-counter, because ALL Cutlass Supremes are popular choices for donking.

        Thanks to your picture above, for the next 60 days, I’m going to be getting lots of targeted ads for car lifts.

  5. Tommy Avatar

    Wonder how low they’ll go. Is this street legal w the front and rear lights installed? Asking for a friend that may try to drive it 550 miles home if it’s cheap enough.

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