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