Death Race 2000 Corvette

The original Death Race 2000 major motion picture was directed by Paul Bartel and released in 1975. In a dystopian future, contestants in an annual cross-country automobile race are scored not only on their speed, but also on how many innocent pedestrians they can hit along the way. Frankenstein, played by David Carradine, is the most famous driver in the race and pilots the Shala Vette, a custom-built vehicle designed to resemble an alligator. Throughout the cross-country race, Frankenstein's most challenging rival is Machine Gun Joe, played by Sylvester Stallone. Things also get interesting when a resistance group plans to sabotage the race and kidnap Frankenstein as leverage. The one-of-a-kind “alligator” Corvette was driven by Carradine, who also participated off-screen in the Corvette Challenge series.

This car was designed by James Powers and constructed by Dean Jefferies, with additional work performed by George Barris prior to completion. It follows the movie’s storyline of being built from a hodge-podge of vehicles, featuring an unusual combination of a Volkswagen chassis, Corvair air-cooled, dual carburetor power plant with a 3-speed manual transmission and Corvette-style body riding on custom wheels and BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires. This show-stopping head turner also features a reptilian-like “spiked spine,” intimidating “teeth” up front, Green diamond-pleated interior with wrapped steering wheel, unique wind screen and custom tail lights. This car was formerly on display in a museum, and has been in the MY Garage Museum collection since 2002. For Corvette and movie buffs alike, this eye-catching car will be offered on a bill of sale and presents an opportunity to acquire an iconic remembrance of 1970s film history.


- Flat 6 Corvair engine hidden below the visible dummy engine
- Designed by James Powers, Dean Jeffries & George Barris
- Custom built to resemble an alligator
- Volkswagen chassis and Corvette style body
- Part of the My Garage Collection since 2002

Source: Mecum Auctions as part of the Indianapolis event in May, 2015

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