Part Chevrolet, part alien, this ETV is all weird!
When it comes to amorphous car design, Mercedes-EQ is currently doing the most - or least, depending on which way you look at it - with organic shapes dominating the design of the Mercedes-EQS Sedan, EQS SUV, and EQE Sedan. But those all look positively chiseled compared to this. Dubbed the ETV, or "Extra-Terrestrial Vehicle" by its creator Mike Vetter, it actually started out life as a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. That was before he got to work putting together this fiberglass kit that has turned it into something straight out of a Sci-Fi film, with this particular ETV recently selling in the UK via Bonhams. Interestingly, while this particular car was Cobalt-based, Vetter has built several more, using cars as wide-ranging as the Chevrolet Aveo, Toyota Echo, and even Porsche Boxster as a base.
Vetter officially runs The Car Factory in Florida, where he custom builds these and other creations based on customer demand. He started out building Ferrari and Lamborghini kit cars from Pontiac Fieros - a recipe we've seen numerous times resulting in lawsuits. That was exactly what prompted Vetter to create his own designs.
The ETV in question looks nothing like the Cobalt it started life as, and now has gullwing doors, 2+ seating, and a gargantuan, oddly-shaped windscreen sourced from a supplier in Peru.
Despite big intakes behind the gullwing doors, this ETV retains the front-engined layout of the Cobalt, making use of a 2.2-liter Ecotec engine and an automatic gearbox.
The ETV is still road legal - although its British MOT papers have expired and it will need to be retested before that claim can be validated - and allegedly achieves more than 40 mpg because of its new aerodynamics. We're not sure how true that is, but with full wheel covers at each corner and very few protrusions to create drag, there's a slim possibility that could be achievable. This ETV has been kept in a museum for a number of years but still runs. It appears to be in largely good condition, although masking tape around the porthole windows could be cause for concern since we highly doubt replacement parts are easy to come by.
When new, the ETV cost a stupendous $95,000, but this one sold in the region of $10,000. We can't say this is exactly up our alley, nor would we ever butcher a Porsche 718 Boxster to create something like this, but we can appreciate the creativity that's gone into this.