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This Wedge Custom Car Looks Straight Out of 70s Sci-Fi

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Ok, let's get the inevitable comparison out of the way: this car's angular design means it bears a slight resemblance to Tesla's upcoming Cybertruck.

In truth though, the car looks much truer to the cyberpunk aesthetic that inspired Tesla's engineers — the vehicle certainly wouldn't look out of place in "Blade Runner".

Now, for the tidy price of $2,500 this custom car, called the Wedge, could be all yours. There is one thing though, you might have to be residing close enough to Sierra Vista, Arizona to pick it up.

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A custom home built curiosity

"This is a very unique car, and attracts a lot of attention. It would be great for promoting a business, or as a conversation starter," the Wedge's current owner writes on the Craigslist posting, emphasizing the appeal of owning such a curiosity.

This Wedge Custom Car Looks Straight Out of 70s Sci-Fi
Source: Craigslist

There's no doubt that the car, which could also be unfavorably compared to a beat-up tin can with a racing stripe, would turn heads wherever it goes.

"It would even be a good commuter car, if you're handy at keeping an old car running. It gets about 17 mpg, and will do 75 mph on the highway," the owner continues.

This Wedge Custom Car Looks Straight Out of 70s Sci-Fi
Source: Craigslist

The Wedge is a custom home built car, made using parts of a 1963 Pontiac LeMans chassis. The car is mid-engined with a short wheelbase, as can be gauged in the image below, and a rear transaxle.

This Wedge Custom Car Looks Straight Out of 70s Sci-Fi
Source: Craigslist

The Wedge's structure, which is made of steel with aluminum skin panels and a removable top, sports a 1963 Buick all aluminum 215 V8, with an original power rating of about 150 HP. The car is 140 inches (3.5 meters) long, 76 inches (1.9 meters) inches wide, and 54 inches (1.3 meters) tall.

Would you buy the Wedge?

As the Craigslist post explains, the car was built in the 1970s in Detroit, by a GM employee. Considering the decade in which it was built, maybe the car really was inspired by 70s sci-fi movies such as "Star Wars," though it did come out a few years before "Blade Runner", which was released in 1982.

This Wedge Custom Car Looks Straight Out of 70s Sci-Fi
Source: Craigslist

The car's current owner says they have owned the car for only two months and have replaced the radiator and fan, and fixed the carburetor.

"It runs and drives OK, although the engine and transmission leak oil. I just took it on a 5000-mile (8046 km) road trip, and made it home. Needs new rear tires, as well as several leaks fixed," the post explains.

This Wedge Custom Car Looks Straight Out of 70s Sci-Fi
Source: Craigslist

Maybe it's a little suspect that the owner wants to get rid of the car so soon. One can only assume the honeymoon period — Aka that 5000-mile road trip — didn't go quite as smoothly as hoped.

Though there's no description of the interior in the Craigslist post, the Wedge is a two-seater with a large bulkhead separating the driver seat from the passengers.

This Wedge Custom Car Looks Straight Out of 70s Sci-Fi
Source: Craigslist

The car has a Pontiac LeMans instrument panel and what appears to be GM seats, according to BarnFindsThe interior has also been finished off with some rather suspect crimson-colored nylon loop carpet.

Overall, the Wedge, which was presumably called that way due to its resemblance to a giant door wedge, certainly looks like it's suffering from a little wear and tear, though perhaps that's part of the appeal.

This Wedge Custom Car Looks Straight Out of 70s Sci-Fi
Source: Craigslist

Given the issues the car has with its leaking engine and transmission and the fact it's somewhat of a Frankenstein amalgamation of parts, we're not so sure it would be quite as reliable a commuter car as the owner suggests.

Still, you do have to admire the creativity displayed by the GM employee that designed the piece of junk, as a famous sci-fi character once said before eating his words.

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