We first told you about the Corvette-based SV 9 Competizione back in the summer of 2009. At that time there were plans to build as many as 1,000 of the custom coaches for just under $100,000 apiece. That was before SV Motors’ boss was indicted on investment fraud charges. It appears that just 4 of the carbon fiber-bodied cars were ever built. You’ve got your chance to score one member of that quartet at Mecum’s Monterey auction next week in California.
The SV 9C’s intent was to combine the Corvette’s proven drivetrain with Italian styling. This all began with the coach built carbon fiber body which dropped the car’s weight by 150lbs. Inside, the C6’s interior was swathed in miles of leather. The stock LS3’s output was bumped to 450hp courtesy of SV’s custom intake and an ANSA exhaust system. The brakes and suspension were also upgraded allowing the car to generate 1.03g on the skid pad and stop from 60mph in 107 feet. Sticky Pirelli PZero Rosso tires help provide the boost in handling.
The example offered at Mecum’s Monterey sale is finished in a green exterior hue with a complimentary saddle tan leather interior featuring burlwood accents. The odometer shows just 900 miles. According to the listing it’s one of just 4 that were ever made. Why only 4? Well it appears that the man behind SV Motors, “Joseph” Giuseppe Viola, ran into some legal troubles. He was indicted on investment fraud charges in August of 2010 almost exactly 1 year after the 9C debuted. Our internet sleuthing trail went cold after the indictment, but we presume that the trial didn’t go well for the accused as SV’s website is now gone and just 4 9C’s exist today .
This will be an interesting sale. We don’t recall ever seeing a SV 9 Competizione at public auction before. Will the 1 of 4 status attract more bidders? Will the SV Motors’ short life make it more desirable? We’re not really sure. We’ll have to wait and see what happens when this one crosses Mecum’s auction block on Friday, August 17th about 11:45am Pacific time.
The Mecum Monterey auction takes place August 16th – 18th at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course. You can catch all of the action on Mecum’s website or on the Velocity channel. Keep it tuned here as we’ll take a look at some of the other Corvettes of Mecum Monterey coming up over the next few days.