Back in 1959, legendary Corvette designers Bill Mitchell, Pete Brock, and Larry Shinoda combined their talents to design their famous Stingray racer concept car.
It’s easy to fall in love with the beauty of that car, even 58 years later.
Unfortunately, there’s no way a normal person could ever afford to own this car.
Fortunately, someone stepped up to the plate in 1964, at least in a small way, to make it possible for mere mortals to own a 1959 Stingray racer, at least a reasonable facsimile.
Fifty-four years ago, a fellow named Warren “Bud” Goodwin started the Fiberfab Company, which made fiberglass street rod parts and customized body panels for the hot new Mustang. Goodwin eventually branched out into full body kits, including one called the Centurion that would fit on a Corvette C1 or C2 chassis (1953-67).
Naturally, after Goodwin liked the Centurion so much, he couldn’t resist racing it, where it drew the attention of GM lawyers for its uncanny resemblance to the original Stingray racer.
But before GM could sue Goodwin, Goodwin himself put an end to the company when he caught his wife in the arms of her lover, “accidentally” shot the other man, and was nevertheless found guilty of the slaying and sent off to prison. By the way, GM lawyers sued and did shut down production of the Centurion shortly afterwards.
But not before Goodwin had produced half a dozen of the Centurions, including this one that will be auctioned off at no reserve at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale in January.
This 1958 Chevy Corvette has been custom-made into a 1965 Fiberfab Centurion topless roadster inspired by the original Stingray racer.
Barrett-Jackson says this is one of only six made and furthermore is the only known example with two headrests.
Built on a 1958 Corvette chassis, it features a fuel-injected 283ci engine with 4-speed manual transmission and a Posi-traction rear.
This concept car has the original Body Tag and VIN tag, according to Barrett-Jackson, and is registered with the Corvette Registry. It’s also eligible for the Monterey Historic Races.
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