There are few Corvettes in existence as unique, valuable and important to Chevrolet history as the 1956 SR2. The SR2, which is currently for sale thorugh “Corvette” Mike Vietro and will soon be displayed at Scottsdale Sports and Classic Cars in Arizona, was developed as a replacement for Harley Earl’s son’s Ferrari, which he was fielding in various road racing events around America.
The SR2 rolled off the production line in standard C1 Corvette guise, but was quickly shipped to GM’s design studio to be transformed into a formidable road racing machine. A 331 cubic-inch V8 engine, modfiied suspension and brake components, a lengthened body with Jaguar D-Type styling cues and special windscreens were just some of the changes GM made in order to put the Corvette’s performance on par with Earl’s Ferrari and other world class sports cars.
Two more SR2 Corvettes were built, but none have the interesting racing history Earl’s does. The car is expected fetch an incredible $6.85 million, making it one of the most valuable Corvettes of all time. We’d gladly tell you more about it, but Vietro the Corvette expert may do a better job of it. Listen to his short speech on the car in the video below and check out the official listing here on his website for additional photos and information.