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Numerous impressive cars were parked at the Shell booth at the 2018 SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, but this Volvo-Corvette mashup created by Jeff Allen took the cake for being the weirdest — and possibly coolest.
“I wanted to do something big to show others to think outside the box,” the former The Car Chasers host said.
Allen had long been wanting to build around a Chevrolet LS engine and he found his inspiration when he parked a 1963 Volvo 122S Amazon next to a Corvette Z06.
“I said, ‘You know, those wheelbases are pretty close’.”
Thus the mashup began and the V06 was born. As Allen put it, “What started out on bar napkins became reality.”
Rather than fabricating his own parts, Allen used bolt-on items anyone can find at a store or online. He said the point was to demonstrate to people — especially young and aspiring builders — that pretty much anything is possible.
And the car proves it. Nicknamed Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, it has a Lingenfelter-built LS7 under the hood capable of making 600 horsepower.
“We just had a ball,” Allen said of the build.
The chassis of the Z06 would prove to be too difficult to modify and Allen did not want to drop a frame onto a body, so he turned to a 2013 Corvette Grand Sport. As expected, some tweaks were made –- an inch off here, a rocker shaved there -– but everything wound up fitting.
Allen also added the widest fender flares he could find over Forgeline wheels to give the car a more unique stance and appearance. The rear spoiler was designed and 3D-printed by SEMA specifically for the car.
Of note in the interior is the headliner, a gray-and-yellow plaid pattern taken from a 1975 Porsche. The plaid was continued into the trunk lid lining.
Allen also threw in a few extra details just for fun. For example, the fuel tank and door location were taken from the Corvette and the Volvo’s original fuel door in the rear of the car was converted into a reverse light.
“It’s the coolest thing in the world, but it’ll blind you in reverse,” Allen laughed.
Even the Corvette’s original key fob still works. Allen used it to unlock the doors.
He knew the design would not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he was excited to see people’s reactions.
“Love it or hate it, you’ll have some kind of emotion with this car,” he said.
After SEMA, the V06 will be taken on a nationwide tour. That will wrap up at an upcoming Barrett-Jackson auction, where it will be sold to benefit the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund.