You may have read about Jerry Earl’s historic $6.5-plus million 1956 Corvette SR2 race car for sale at the Scottsdale Sports and Classic Cars event later this month. The vehicle above is not that, but it sure as hell could fool most into thinking so.
The two-thirds-scale replica vehicle featured in this eBay listing is designed to emulate the 1956 Corvette SR Prototype known affectionately by Corvette enthusiasts as “The Real McCoy.” This particular race car earned its moniker as the result of an advertising campaign following its appearance at Sebring, and is credited with saving the Corvette from the brink of extinction which was brought about by its dismal sales performance against the Ford Thunderbird.
Unlike the real deal which boasted a specially modified 255 horsepower, 307 cubic-inch engine, dual Carter 4-barrel carburetors, and the legendary “Duntov Cam,” this replica is motivated by a decidedly smaller 107cc overhead cam 4-stroke motor which makes a modest 6.9 horsepower (you read that correctly), and allows the “racecar” to hit a maximum top speed of 35 mph. Sounds like the perfect upgrade from the Power Wheels Corvette your child has recently out-grown.
A 3 speed clutchless automatic routes all six-and-nine-tenths of those spirited ponies through the rear wheels, and unlike many replicas of its type, the transmission features a reverse gear. Its handling manners may not live up to the standards set in place by the race-bred original, but front and rear coil over shocks are present and accounted for. The seller is quick to point out that the replica has never been driven, and that the only time it was removed from its shipping crate was for photographs, as well as a quick look over of its mechanical components prior to the start of the sale.
The replica was created in 2009 by Junior Replicas, a Brazilian firm that specializes in creating high quality accurate models with some of their creations featured at high profile locations such as Neiman Marcus and Harrods of London. This example certainly lives up to the company’s storied reputation, and features historically thoughtful styling touches such as non functioning brake ducts, leather straps, the vinyl tonneau cover, fender mounted I.D lights, and a quick filling gas cap. Buyers interested in bidding on this unique replica can check out the official listing here to find out if its uncanny resemblance to one of the greatest Corvette racers ever built is enough for it to gain entry into your garage.