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Purple People Eater Corvette Racer Heading to Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale Auction

One of the most famous Corvette race cars in history will go on the auction block at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016 set for Jan. 23-31.

The Purple People Eater Corvette – which was driven by Florida-based driver Jim Jeffords, who singlehandledly ended the West Coast’s domination of Corvette racing late in the 1950s – was discovered by legendary Corvette enthusiast Chip Miller, founder of what is now Carlisle Events, and Ken Heckert, a restoration shop owner, in the mid-1970s.

1956 Corvette SR-2 Racer Offered For Sale

One of the most famous Corvettes of all time is being offered for the first time ever to the general public. The noted 1956 SR-2 is being made available through Corvette Mike. The car started life as VIN #2522 and went straight to the GM Styling Studio from the St. Louis plant under Shop Order 90090. There, under the watchful eyes of Harley Earl and Zora Arkus Duntov it began its transformation into the car we know today.

A total of 3 1956 SR-2 Corvettes were built. This VIN 2522 was the first. The 2nd one was built for Bill Mitchell, and the 3rd – a show car – went to GM President Red Curtice.

Former Corvette Racing Icon Jim Jeffords Passes Away

One of the most successful Corvette race car drivers from the 1950s passed away on March 6, 2014.

Jim Jeffords started his career as a Chevy racer after impressing Ed Cole with his driving behind the wheel of a Jaguar 140 on Memorial Day weekend 1956. That performance led to Jeffords being asked to race John Fitch’s modified Corvette in the feature the next day.