Throughout his presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders has positioned himself as a champion of the poor and disenfranchised. You wouldn’t think it would be a message that would resonate with supercar owners. But it has with one. Gene Leeds, the owner of an uber-powerful 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, transformed his black Vette, which had been doing duty as a winter beater, into a mobile campaign banner.
Leeds, a visual art student at Columbia, told Jalopnik that he “wanted to do something extremely American with an American car in an attempt to support the underdog.”
Leeds started by covering the Corvette in Sanders stickers and then painted his own red-white-and-blue designs over other areas of the car. He finished it with a layer of clear acrylic to protect it from the elements. After graduating from Columbia, Leeds hopes to create more art cars.
Leeds says that the response has been “99 percent positive”, although he admits that he once came out of a store and found that someone had spit on his ride.
The car certainly presents an interesting contrast. It’s a $100,000 sports car that you’d expect to be driven by one of the Goldman Sachs bankers that Sanders is always going on about, but instead it’s owned by a supporter who believes in the Vermont senator so much he’s willing to dedicate his daily driver to the cause. But Leeds’s support only extends so far. He doesn’t intend to keep his Corvette Sanders-ized forever and took steps to ensure the integrity of the car will be preserved. “When I do eventually peel it, it will still be pristine.”
See more pictures of the car below: