Seriously, WTF is this thing?
Craigslist is a great place to waste time, looking at semi-affordable interesting cars that you'd love to park in your garage. But what we found recently makes us want to visit the White House to determine whether President Biden would be open to declaring nuclear war on a homebuilt car located in Chicago. Not to bomb the whole city, but rather just the small piece of road occupied by the "Mercedes-Benz AMG C8 GTR."
We have no idea where to start with this automotive equivalent of a pimple popping video. Let's start with the name, which is just a random collection of famous badges. The Mercedes-Benz and AMG are obvious, as is the GTR. The C8 part has nothing to do with the new Corvette but refers to the C8 prototype cars of old.
Now, before we go any further, we should mention that we have nothing against homebuilt cars. In 2017, the quickest EV in the world was homebuilt. An avid Ferrari fan even built a beautiful 250 Testa Rossa at home. But this is something else. We suppose it looks like a C8 racer if you look at it from 100 yards away.
The build is road legal, and the seller wanted to take it down the autobahn at some point. Other features include a horn, heater, wipers, and lights. What baffles us most of all is the exterior. It's like the builder chucked every design bible from every automotive manufacturer into a blender and came up with this. The massive hood scoop seems to be inspired by American muscle cars, while the grille is an obvious homage to Mercedes. There's another three-pointed star on the rear.
The headlights appear to be inspired by the 1998 Nissan R390 GT1, while those massive slats on the wheel arches are very TVR. We have no idea where the cockpit design comes from. Even Rick and Morty did a better job. You do get gullwing doors, however. And the seats are trimmed in alligator. The rear is a blend of Corvette and Lancia Stratos. What annoys us most is the exhaust pipes that don't align properly.
Power is provided by a 350 Chevy small block V8, mated to a Volkswagen four-speed manual tranny. Impressively, the Mercedes-Benz AMG C8 GTR has a fully independent suspension setup. What's the price of this one-off Le Mans racer that looks like it was ordered from Wish? A rather hefty $75,000.
Call us crazy, but we'd much rather have anything else. Like a nice pair of new Nike trainers.
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