After 10 years of Corvette Racing’s dominance in the American Le Mans Series GT1 Class, a run which resulted in 70 victories, eight GT1 Manufacturer Championships and five GT1 class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Chevy commemorated the end of the GT1 era with the 2009 ALMS GT1 Championship Edition. 600 of the GT1 Championship Edition Corvettes were planned, but the financial downturn and the market turmoil surrounding GM’s bankruptcy resulted in just 125 of the Black and Yellow Corvettes being built. So when we find one of the 125 for sale, it’s kind of a big deal.
Courtesy Chevrolet of San Jose, California has listed on eBay a 2009 ALMS GT1 Championship Edition Corvette Coupe. The auction description gets it wrong when it says it’s 1 of 250 made. No, it’s way better than that. Of the planned 300 Velocity Yellow GT1 Corvettes, only 77 were built and only 29 of those were Coupes. Based on the VIN sequence which started at 300001 for Velocity Yellow, this Corvette is #20 of 77.
Forty-eight GT1 Corvettes were black for a total production run of 125.
The #20 ALMS GT1 Championship Edition Corvette comes loaded with a 6-speed paddle shift automatic, sport bucket seats, 6-disc CD changer, dual roof package, chrome wheels, DVD navigation system and heads up display. Special exterior graphics and interior embroidery featuring Corvette Racing’s mascot “Jake” abound.
Only 23 miles grace the odometer and as its a 2009, the Corvette qualifies for some hefty discounts. Original MSRP was $69,810 but the dealer is listing a net sales price of $51,810 which is a savings of $18,000. Currently, bidding is light with just 1 bid for $43,500. Interested? auction ends Sept 27th at 2:58:17 PDT.
For collectors interested in modern Corvettes, the GT1 Corvettes are a no-brainer. The unique VIN sequence, very limited build quantity and an exclusive tie-in with the factory racing team will only propel the value of these Corvettes in the future.