Tuners & Exotic Vettes
Mecum’s 26th annual Spring Classic auction kicks off next week in Indianapolis. One of the stars of the weekend will be this 1974 Motion Can Am Spyder from the Dan McMichael collection. The monster was the prototype for a short run consisting of just 3 additional cars. It goes up for bids next Saturday, May 18th about 3:25pm Central time.
The Chip’s Choice display for this year’s Corvettes at Carlisle continues to take shape. Back in February we told you about the George Barris-built Asteroid Corvette scheduled to appear. Now joining that custom 1963 is another custom 1963 – this one with an Italian flare. Corvettes at Carlisle announced in their most recent email newsletter that the Corvette Rondine built by Pininfarina will also be in the Chip’s Choice display this year.
Last week Chris from Callaway Cars tipped us off to a thread he started on the Corvette Forum where he shows off the most recent Callaway C16 to roll out of their shop. He says the Night Race Blue machine is all finished and ready to be shipped to its owner. We wish it was coming to our garage instead.
Last year, Callaway produced a special run of 25 Grand Sports to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Callaway’s RPO B2K – the first turbo-charged Corvettes offered by the factory. These special B2K Anniversary Corvettes were snapped up quickly and now we hear the only one left for sale in the entire country is at Criswell Corvette – the #3/25 B2K Callaway Corvette.
Watch this whole video to see the huge fireball that erupts from the rear end of this ZR1 undergoing a dyno test at ShorTuning in Stanford, Kentucky.
Eric Lancaster’s 2010 ZR1 is measured at releasing a whopping 902.2 horsepower to the rear wheels just before the blinding light show.
A couple weeks back, we showed you the C7-based Callaway Shooting Brake Concept called the Aerowagon and its design really turned a lot of heads. But the designers at the Old Lyme, Connecticut tuning shop weren’t finished yet with us. For April Fools Day, Callaway introduces a matching trailer called the AeroWagonette – a new take on how to transport “bothersome” kids when you only have a two-seat sports car.
Now that the calendar has officially flipped over to spring, it’s time to shift your Corvette shopping into high gear. Auctions America will be offering almost 40 Corvettes as part of their 550 car docket this weekend in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Included in the bevy of available vehicles are a Motion Performance-built C3, a low mile 1978 Pace Car, and the very last Ron Fellows Z06.
If you like the looks of this C7-based Callaway AeroWagon, let the good folks there know as soon as possible, and you might just be able to drive one later this year.
Callaway Cars, based out of Old Lyme, Connecticut, has been making unique and very powerful Corvettes for more than 25 years. Their latest effort is a great one for the company – a shooting brake C7 Corvette.
In 1964, Chevy engineers imagined hanging an aluminium Corvette engine off the back of the frame as part of an engineering study on safety and crash zones. Zora wasn’t really on board with the project until Larry Shinoda penned a design that many claim was the genesis for the C3 Corvette. The result was XP-819, a radical looking rear wheel drive prototype.
The Corvette was famously wrecked on the GM proving grounds after a tire test and while it was put back together, Chevy pretty much washed it hands of XP-819 after the accident and moved on in developing several other notable rear-engine prototypes.