The last time we saw the 1954 Pizza Man Corvette racer it was crossing Mecum’s red carpet in St. Charles, Illinois in October of 2012. Back then it was a no sale after a high bid of $120,000. Recently it showed up on eBay still for sale. The “World’s Fastest Six Cylinder Corvette” beat up on the competition from 1962 to 1971 with Earl Britt behind the wheel.
Britt operated Earl’s Pizza Palace in Sioux Falls, South Dakota when not setting ET records and winning multiple NHRA championships. The best official elapsed time for The Pizza Man was a 12.17 second pass at 118 mph. There was also an unofficial 11.97 second run in 1970. That’s in the ballpark with a C6 Z06 and 2014 Stingray. Keep in mind that this car has 6 cylinders and is 60 years old.
A modified 292CI GMC inline 6 cylinder engine with 3 Weber side draft carbs rests between the front fenders. The motor turns a custom B&M automatic 3-speed transmission bolted to a Positraction rear-end. The exterior still wears the original Polo White paint and sports a black fiberglass hard top. Racing stickers and The Pizza Man logo adorn the 60 year old body.
The Pizza Man was the 99th Corvette built in 1954. Over the course of its racing career it set 9 world records in NHRA Modified Production. Speculation is that the car claimed more NHRA points between 1967 and 1969 than any other car. In 1967, it took the E/MP class at the Indy Nationals and then went on to beat Dick Landy’s factory Dodge team at the 1968 Winternationals at Pomona, California.
Duffy’s Collectible Cars is offering the Pizza Man on eBay right now. The Buy–it-Now price is $225,000. If you’re saving up to purchase this piece of Corvette racing history, you’ve about 2 weeks left as the listing runs through April 29th.
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