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Mecum to Auction John Greenwood's Spirit of Sebring '75 Corvette Racecar


John Greenwood’s recent passing should make this 1974 Greenwood Corvette chassis number 002 even more desirable at the upcoming August Mecum auction.

Number 002, also known as the “Spirit of Sebring ’75,” has a tremendous amount of history behind it, including the fact that it was John Greenwood’s personal favorite.

Greenwood made only six of his wide-body race machines, and this example is the only one that was raced as a Greenwood “team” entry, with the others being built for customers.

Legendary Corvette Racer and Racecar Builder John Greenwood Passes Away at Age 71


The Corvette world has lost yet another legend.

Back in the 1970s, the name John Greenwood was as prominent in the Corvette world as the names of Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen are today.

Greenwood and his brother Burt grew up in the home of a General Motors executive who had earlier been a fighter pilot during World War II, so it was no surprise that John first became widely known for his success racing in a Corvette, winning back-to-back SCCA A Production National Championships in the early 1970s.

1969 BFG Stars & Stripes Corvette Racer Headed to RM's Monterey Auction

In 1971 Corvette racer and race car builder John Greenwood was approached by BF Goodrich tires to campaign two Corvettes competing on the company’s new Lifesaver Radial street tires. Three BFG Corvettes, wearing numbers 48, 49 and 50, were built for the campaign in FIA-sanctioned races including Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring. Featuring ZL-1 racing engines and the patriotic stars & stripes livery, the BFG Corvettes were an instant hit with the fans as Greenwood’s Corvettes were the loudest and proudest at the track. One of the BFG Corvettes, the #49 car, will be one of the featured cars for sale at RM Auction’s Monterey event in mid-August.

Mecum Kissimmee 2011 Preview: 1991 Corvette Greenwood Prototype Coupe

Article Contributed by Steve Burns

As we begin to catch our breath after nearly a week of Barrett-Jackson mania it’s time to focus on the last, and largest of the January classic car auctions – Mecum’s annual Kissimmee, Florida sale. Beginning Wednesday, January 26th and ending on the 30th, over 150 Corvettes will cross the block in search of new homes.

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