This C4 Chevy Corvette Go-Kart Should Not Exist
I’ve never considered the C4 Corvette to be a particularly extravagant car. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t around in its heyday, but I’ve never looked at one and considered it so frivolously opulent that it needed to be stripped bare. Yet, someone must have, because I don’t know how else you end up with a car like this Corvette kart, which is currently for sale on Facebook Marketplace for $4900.
Of course, there’s a performance benefit to doing this. This thing probably weighs damned near nothing and is noticeable more sprightly than the car on which it’s based. But if you’re trying to maximize speed and driver involvement, I wouldn’t expect you to start with a 1984 Corvette with an automatic transmission. The ad, though, makes some very ambitious claims (emphasis mine):
“Stripping a Corvette completely down to the bones to create the world[‘]s meanest go kart was certainly the best idea of the decade. Is it safe? Probably not. Is it awesome? Yes. Will it make you a legend? Also yes. Yes this is street legal!”
It’s not entirely clear which decade the seller is referencing, but even a weird car person, like me, would call that a reach. And, if you build something like this, there’d be at least an argument that you’re a legend, but buying it at a dealership isn’t exactly heroic.
Also, whether or not this is street legal highly depends on where you’re trying to register it. Where I’m from, in Ohio? Go nuts. Where I live, in New York? Not likely. Safety inspections vary wildly from state to state.
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