In 2009, Chevrolet released the ALMS GT1 Championship Edition with great fanfare to celebrate Corvette Racing’s 10th anniversary. The cars were available in Coupe, Convertible and Z06 models and two colors were offered, Yellow and Black.
Chevy originally had big plans to offer 600 examples of “GT1 Championship” edition Corvettes to commemorate the 70-plus victories and eight championships for the Corvette GT1 racing program in the American Le Mans Series.
But the auto recession and bankruptcy reduced the overall production to just 125, making this one of the lowest production special editions ever.
Unfortunately, those special editions didn’t pack any more weight under the hood – except for one, that is, that’s currently up for sale by Cauley Ferrari in Michigan.
For $99,900, you can own this piece of Corvette history that is truly one of one. Of the 17 roadsters produced with the GT1 package, only seven were black like this one, and furthermore just three of those had the six-speed manual transmission. Of those three, only one – this one – ever received the SC580 package from Callaway, and it’s still practically new, having covered just 1,657 miles in the past nine years.
The championship package was basically just a trim and appearance option as devised by Chevy, with C6.R-inspired graphics atop either Black or Velocity Yellow paint, the latter complemented by black headlight surrounds. Chrome wheels and a ZR1-style spoiler also came with the package, which included yellow stitching accents on the ebony leather interior and GT1 emblems on the center console, seats, and instrument panel. The cars also had a special “carbon pattern” engine cover with yellow Corvette lettering.
This very special, special edition, however, also featured a bigger hood bulge to make room for the 2.0-liter supercharger that was added to the 6.2-liter LS3 V8. The car was ordered and sold new by Cauley Chevrolet, which ghosted a Jake image into the yellow hood bulge while painting it (replacing the original vinyl decoration that came on the hoods of the other GT1 cars). This car also looks extra mean thanks to the installation of a Specter Werkes Sports Group 6 Aero Package.
“This is definitely one of those cars you need to see for yourself and experience firsthand,” Cauley Ferrari says on its website listing.
**Thanks for the heads up Travis R!
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