Chevrolet had some big plans in 2009 for honoring the Corvette Racing team with the GT1 Championship Special Edition Corvettes. Built to commemorate the 10 years of GT1 racing which included 70 victories, 8 GT1 Manufacturer Championships and five GT1 class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the initial plan was to offer 600 Corvettes, however, the global automotive recession limited production to only 125 cars. The 2009 Coupe you see here is #18 of only 24 Black GT1 Championship Edition Coupes produced.
Essentially there were six versions of the GT1 Championship Corvettes built. The GT1 Championship Edition was available in Coupe, Convertible or Z06 models with your choice of Velocity Yellow or Black. And because it was a commemorative model, the GT1’s race inspired graphics feature Corvette Racing’s Jake mascot ghost-painted on the hood bulge as well as years of the championships and driver’s National flags.
The coupes include the Z51 Performance Package, NPP Performance exhaust and MX0 6-Speed Paddle Shift Automatics, as well as the optional C2L Dual Roof package. All three GT1 models get the optional U3U Navigation Systems as well.
Inside the GT1 Corvettes you’ll find a 4LT package which includes a custom leather wrapped ebony interior with exclusive yellow accent stitching, GT1 embroidery on the leather seats, instrument panel and center console armrest. Under the hood is a special engine cover with a carbon pattern and yellow Corvette lettering. A windshield banner is also included and is installed by the owner.
Chevy also ensured this would be a collector model by giving the GT1s their own VIN sequences. As the Velocity Yellow Corvettes represented the #3 Corvette C6.R, their VIN sequence started with 30001 while the Black cars represent the #4 C6.R so their VINs start with 40001.
As for the #18 GT1 Coupe offered on our sister site VetteFinders.com, this Corvette was priced originally at its MSRP of $65,410, but is now being discounted to $60,281. We assume that because this is a 2009 model, certain incentives and rebates may also apply. For the collector or Corvette owner looking for something different, the GT1 Corvettes offer a reasonable entry into a limited production, VIN-specific special edition. Besides, with Jake on the hood, what’s not to love about this Corvette?
You can find out more information about this unique Corvette and how to contact the seller by visiting VetteFinders.com, the internet’s first Corvette-only classified ads website.