Welcome to our very first installment of Pass or Buy, the weekly feature where you get to vote on cars we’ve found for sale online. Hypothetically, would you pass or buy?
Our inaugural subject comes from that favorite septuagenarian vacation spot, Branson Missouri, though it was built in the Tennessee town of Chattanooga. Will you choo-choo-choose the $44,500 Eldorette?
Apparently the builder, the quickly named Mickey Vaughn, spent over 200 grand putting it together, and while most of that was probably spent on velour, much, as the seller claims, seems to have gone into the fiberglass body.
That body is inspired Conan O’Brian style by what the lovechild of an Eldorado and a Corvette might look like, and while it sits on the Corvette frame, has inherited the large trunk and luggage rack of the Eldo. The last might come in handy, because there’s no word from the seller on whether or not that trunk will open under the new custom management. Averting your eyes again toward the front, you’ll see that the Eldorette sports a redder-than-the-rest vinyl landau top with his-and-hers sunroofs.
Moving inside, you’ll soon regret your velour allergy, since it covers nearly every surface like villi coat the lining of your small intestine. Everything is there, including the wood print shifter housing and what is likely the world’s only all-velour glove compartment. The center stack takes the all-you-need approach, incorporating two vents, five gauges (which will come in handy at your next street race), and a JVC CD player whose housing was probably added by the intern when Mickey Vaughn wasn’t looking.
But what’s under the crimson hood might forgive all, because there sits the Corvette’s original 350 V8, good for a lug-shearing 210 hp. It’s an engine that, like the chassis, has only seen 60,214 miles. Unfortunately, it’s paired to an automatic transmission, and one of anonymous designation.
So what say you? For this 197X Eldorette, would you pass or buy? Vote in the comments below.