America’s Sports Car may not be the most practical vehicle for the general consumer, but enough Americans buy them that they’re easy to find. A rarified few have raced their Corvettes, with even fewer having pedigree. Of these two, which would you prefer?
Truthfully, it’s still not an apples to apples comparison. One of these cars is a General Motors engineering vehicle, while the other has been an SCCA racer since 1972.
This ’57 is claimed to be the first fuel-injected Corvette race car built by the engineers who created the Corvette. It has been in storage since 1958 and hasn’t been started since 1967. “Ordered up from the St.Louis Corvette plant in mid-November 1956 under Chevrolet Workorder #17792 and shipped to Engineering in Warren, MI to be prepped for the December 7, 1956 Nassau (Bahamas) Governors Trophy Race. The final FIA-sanctioned race of the calender year and social event of the racing season … to introduce the new Rochester Fuel Injection that was so important to Chevrolet chief Ed Cole.” Check out the below vintage racing film from Sebring—the car at 3:11 is this Corvette:
While the ad is a bit sparse of photos in its current state, this special Corvette is known within the community.
If the $6,500,000 asking price for the above car is a bit too much to handle, perhaps this B-Production roadster will suffice. Seller claims it’s been a race car since 1972 when it was driven by Doug Rippie, with other renown drivers being Frenchie Damper, Steve Strandemo, and Doug Kelley. In recent years this Corvette has competed at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Lime Rock Vintage Fall Festival, and SVRA Historic Event at Watkins Glen. Seller claims it’s turnkey, well-sorted and ready to race. Most importantly, this Corvette comes with log books dating from 1972-present and is an SVRA Medallion car (# 6-387). In 2009 it received a restoration including new paint, Grand Sport-style dash, new seats, new belts, new gauges, switch panel, and all new wiring—for $49,999, it can be yours.