The first of any Corvette model usually goes right to the top of the most collectible list, but it becomes particularly collectible when it’s a very limited production model, such as a Callaway C16. Mecum’s upcoming auction in Anaheim, California will feature the first Callaway C16 convertible, serial number 003, as lot S105.1 on Saturday, November 15.
The Arctic White Callaway which made its debut at the Bash was the first to be built and Callaway’s reps told us back then that they already had around 50 orders from customers wanting to upgrade their Corvette Stingrays with the supercharged Callaway SC627 package.
Callaway’s Chris Chessnoe posted these photos yesterday on the Corvette Forum of a brand new Laguna Blue Corvette Callaway SC627 Convertible that will soon be on its way to its new owner, who happens to be a woman named Janet.
It was just a year ago that Callaway received authorization from GM to build and race a GT3-spec C7 Corvette in Europe but changing regulations forced the project to be put on hold.
The good news is that the GT regulations have been finalized for the time being and so Callaway Competition’s GT3 Corvette Stingray build is back on.
While the 2014 Callaway Corvette won’t exceed the 650 horsepower of the 2015 Z06, Callaway engineers have nevertheless managed to bump their final figure to a very impressive 627 hp, up some 167 hp over the base Stingray.
Callaway Cars announced the figures this week after extensive vehicle testing and validation by its engineers, who also rated peak torque at 610 lb-ft at 4400 rpm, 145 lb-ft more than the stock LT1 produces.
If you’ve got it, flaunt it.
That might be the motto for Callaway’s third generation supercharger system that was officially unveiled a couple weeks back at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.