Special ‘track packs’ and performance packages are big business for automakers these days. Take Chevrolet, for example. They will sell you the same brake and suspension components used on their high-performance Camaro Z/28 if you want to make your standard Camaro faster around a track, and they also offer mildy track-prepped models like the 1LE.
This isn’t a new trend, though. Performance packages were also offered in the ‘60s, like the RPO 687 add-on for the C1 Chevrolet Corvette, which netted buyers heavy duty brakes with finned brake drums, metallic brake shoes, cooling fans, special springs and shocks, a more heavy-duty stabilizer bar and more.
Only 233 1961 C1 Corvettes were ever equipped with the RPO 687 pack, and a pristine red example has recently popped up for sale on eBay. The seller says this car is extra rare as it comes with the uncommon factory heater, radio and soft-top delete, which further added to the car’s performance.
The car is believed to have the numbers-matching 283 fuelie V8, and is rust and damage-free both on the frame and body. It also has countless all-original, correct components including the spare tire, jack and tools, the trunk mat, regulator, horns, T3 headlamps and owners manual.
The seller says if you “you are considering investing in an early Corvette this is a rare opportunity to own a truly outstanding car,” and we’d have to agree. This model is extremely rare, and while the Buy It Now price is high ($162,000) we’d be surprised to learn 10 years down the road that this car didn’t appreciate significantly.