Chevrolet Corvette Vintage Racing Car
While the first series cars of 1953 to 1955 introduced the new Corvette to America, the second series, with its clean good looks and V8 power quickly outsold the older style by a wide margin. With the advent of the 283 cubic inch version of Chevrolet’s lightweight and durable small-block engine in 1957, the Corvette truly fulfilled its promise as a true American sports car.
A few years after it rolled off the St. Louis production line, the Corvette offered here was modified for drag racing and campaigned in the Oakland Bay area into the 1980s. It was then purchased by Randy Peterson and converted for road racing, and used as such by Tom Armstrong and Jack Goeffette between 1992 and 1998. Art Redford of Gig Harbor, Washington then purchased the car, and it has been maintained and improved by Tony Garmey at Horizon Racing ever since. The old warrior has received many improvements over the years, including expert modification of the Rochester fuel injection system by Chris Wickersham, while Roy Paola ported the vintage “fuelie” cylinder heads. In addition, the Corvette is equipped with a set of 1957-vintage heavy-duty brakes with vented backing plates, “elephant ears”, and finned drums.
The Corvette has competed in over 100 races over the last two decades, and it currently holds lap records at Portland International Raceway, Sears Point, and Laguna Seca. Meanwhile, in Vintage Big Bore competition, the Corvette has won the 2007 “Wine Country Classic” at Sears Point, as well as the 2007 Monterey Historics at Laguna Seca. Today, the victorious Corvette displays a white racing livery accented by a smart blue racing stripe, as well as a roll bar, a cut-down racing windscreen, and period-style American Racing Torq-Thrust wheels. In addition, the car is offered complete with two logbooks, as well as its original seats and steering wheel.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
310hp (at rear wheels), 283 cu. in. V8 engine, Rochester mechanical fuel injection, GM Muncie four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and anti-roll bar, and four-wheel ventilated hydraulic drum brakes with finned drums. Wheelbase: 102"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Bob Pengraph