Chevrolet Corvette SCCA/IMSA Racing Car
This Corvette racing car carries a very interesting history, having started its life as a "body in white" that was given to long-running American road racer Bill Morrison for conversion into an all-out SCCA racing entry via Morrison’s friend and noted Corvette racer Tony DeLorenzo, who had strong connections at Chevrolet. Like so many other rising SCCA drivers, Morrison started with Triumph TR3s and TR4s in the early 1960s, progressed to a purpose-built Cooper Monaco and moved into a thundering L-88 Corvette by the late 1960s. From time to time, Morrison and De Lorenzo drove each other’s Corvettes at such tracks as Watkins Glen, Road America and Talladega.
While factory Corvette performance declined by 1973, the expertise gained from many years of all-out competition development kept the Corvette at the forefront of racing, particularly when powered by Chevrolet’s mammoth 454 V-8.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
468 cu. in. Chevrolet dry-sump V-8 racing engine, L-88 aluminum open-chamber cylinder heads and intake, custom-modified racing carburetor, Muncie M-22 close-ratio four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent racing suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes with dual master cylinders. Wheelbase: 98"
Source: RM Auctions