Chevrolet Corvette Fuel-Injected Competition Car
Despite the short-lived 1957 AMA racing ban, Zora Arkus-Duntov managed to endow the rapidly maturing Corvette with a growing selection of high-performance parts, and under his guidance, the revolutionary small-block V-8 made quantum leaps in power, reliability and sophistication. However, while the Corvette was indeed a serious racing contender by 1959, some racers demanded more.
Among them, Gary Laughlin, Jim Hall and Carroll Shelby joined forces with a plan to challenge Ferrari’s racing dominance. They proposed to replace the Corvette’s relatively heavy fiberglass body with lightweight alloy bodywork by Italy’s Scaglietti coachworks to unleash the potential of the proven Corvette chassis and its hot fuel-injected 283 V-8. While Chevrolet Division approved the project, upper GM management rejected it, and even Enzo Ferrari was reportedly not amused that one of his main coachbuilders was building a direct competitor. The bodies took over two years to complete, and just three Scaglietti-bodied Corvettes were ultimately produced.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
290 bhp, 283 cu. in. V-8 engine with Rochester mechanical fuel-injection, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and heavy-duty, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102"
Source: RM Auctions