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I Saw This Chevy Corvette Sport Wagon

I recently had the chance to attend Detroit Cars and Coffee for a very brief few minutes, and I stumbled across this: a C5 Chevrolet Corvette that had been transformed into a station wagon. This Cars and Coffee also included Ferraris, and Lamborghinis, and Vipers, and a race-prepped Ford Contour SVT, but I was transfixed. A Corvette … wagon?

The Corvette wagon may not seem so weird if you’ve been paying attention to car news in recent months, because noted Corvette tuner Callaway recently debuted a station wagon version of the new C7 Corvette. Dubbed the Aerowagen, it’s obviously tremendously cool, and awesome, and Jay Leno did a segment on it. It even adds some additional practicality to the whole Corvette experience.

But I hadn’t yet seen such a wagon conversion for the C5 Corvette. So what, exactly, is this thing?

I did some digging, and I turned up this 2008 article in AutoWeek, whose headline image features this vehicle. According to the article, this is called the 1954 Commemorative Edition Wagon, and it’s made by a Michigan company called Advanced Automotive Technologies. Look closely and you’ll see the C5 Corvette’s bodywork has been transformed to mimic the original ’53 Corvette’s look; that’s because Advanced Automotive Technologies also makes a kit that transforms the C5 into a ’53 Corvette lookalike (dubbed, simply, the "1953 Commemorative Edition convertible").

Of course, your next question is obvious: How much? The AutoWeek article provides us with the answer, and it isn’t cheap: The conversion costs $49,500, and that doesn’t include the cost of the Corvette. Obviously, I wasn’t expecting this thing to be cheap, but I wasn’t quite expecting it to be so expensive. Then again, it looks factory — and such is the cost for high-quality work. With that cost figure attached to the build, however, don’t expect to see one of these things yourself. Find a used Chevrolet Corvette for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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10 COMMENTS

  1. I just saw one of these on Saturday driving down the highway in MN! Couldn’t tell if it was a C5 or C6, and I don’t remember if it was the wagon, but it definitely had the retro body restyle with the big tail light fins.

  2. That Vette is a regular at the Pasteiner’s Cars & Coffee, saw it often when I was in Detroit last summer.  Hope you made it out to the Lingenfelter C&C in Wixom!

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