They were trying to hearken back to the legendary second-gen (C2) Corvette Sting Ray – two words, note – but spelling it 'Stingray,' one word, instead connotes the C3 'Vette Stingrays of 1968 to 1982.
The shape is more reminiscent of those later cars, too, as are the tasteless mods people will be slapping on C7 Stingrays before too long.
You might have to wait a while before someone transforms a 2014 'Vette into a rat rod, though; in the mean time, you'll have to get by with Stingrays like this week's candidate.
Last week's Would You Rather duel had a pretty clear winner: the 1972 Maserati Indy took home 90 percent of the votes over the 2004 Maserati Coupé, even though they were both $37,000.
This week we're back to a simple thumbs-up, thumbs-down for a car at a seller's price. This week that car is a 1976 Corvette Stingray custom, and that price is $12,500.
But, as you might expect, this isn't just any Stingray custom. The seller calls it a 'rat rod' – we wouldn't – and notes it's got Hooker side exhaust pipes and a flip front end.
Alright, plenty of C3 Corvettes have those, so what? There's more. At a glance we could mention the exposed headlamps; the tacky aftermarket spoiler; the Vector-style wheels (with knock-offs!); the (fake?) velocity stacks poking through the hood; and the twin bullet taillights.
But what really stands out on this 'Vette is its paint job, which mixes a silver-lightning-tear-over-black motif with realistic flames and painted-on riveted seams.
Other (less-)relevant details include the fact the car is 350-powered with an automatic and 16,000 kilometres on the clock.
The point here is, you can wait some 35-odd years for someone to stick a wing on a rusty, horribly painted C7 Corvette and pay way too much for it then – damn you, inflation! – or you can opt for this ready-to-go rat for a meagre $12,500.
Too much? Just right? You tell us: is it Worth It or Worth Less?
For sale in Midland, Ontario for $12,500