1984 marked the beginning of the C4 era. The new design was light years ahead of the outgoing C3 and the world was all aflutter over the newest iteration of America’s sports car. In all, an astounding 51,547 total Corvettes were built that year – the 2nd highest model year of all time. All of them were powered by the ho hum Cross Fire injected L83 engine putting out 205 horsepower. This one listed on eBay, however, has a little something different under the hood – a jet engine.
This jet powered C4 was originally built in Texas for Fred Spezio at a cost north of $150,000. After a year it went to Arizona before ending up in Pennsylvania. It was initially named “Fireworks USA” and painted in red, white, and blue livery. Today it’s known as “The Weapon”. The car is capable of 250mph while running in the Jet Exhibition Funny Car class.
Our dragster is built around a Meng Race Specialties chassis. Motivation comes via a 1951 7,000 horsepower J34/34-A Westinghouse Turbo-Jet engine that produces 3,600lbs of thrust at full song. Overall it’s 20 feet long and just over 4 feet tall. Curb weight rings in at 2,400lbs or slightly less than a Shelby Cobra. Torsion and coil-over suspension, and Airheart and Strange disc brakes keep the car planted while blasting down the track. It rides on Centerline wheels wrapped in Goodyear tires. A complete starting system and 100 gallon refueling tank are included in the sale.
The listing states the car will need to be recertified by the NHRA prior to competing again and that it comes with a detailed set of starting instructions. The seller also has offered up any additional help from the current owner.
General Motors never built jet powered 1984 Corvette, but you can get one now if you act by next Tuesday morning. The starting bid is just $1,000 (with no bids as of November 7th) and there’s a Buy-it-Now price of $69,500 if you must have your 7,000 horsepower Corvette immediately.
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