If you can’t afford the real thing, this might be the next best thing.
The 1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR Prototype, also known as “The Real McCoy,” hammered for a cool $2.3 million* at Mecum Auctions back in January.
Now, this 2/3 replica, manufactured by well-respected Junior Replicas of Brazil, is currently available at Hemmings classifieds for a whole lot less – just $14,900.
Of course, this replica won’t go nearly as fast as “The Real McCoy,” but it does manage a very respectable 35 mph thanks to its 6.9hp overhead cam, four-stroke motor.
Here’s the way the seller describes the replica: “This is no Go-Kart! All exterior and interior details of the original Sebring Racer have been replicated – right down to the vinyl tonneau cover, leather straps and brake cooling ducts. Other technical specs include electric start, clutchless 3-speed automatic (with reverse), coil-over shocks (front & rear), adjustable gas and brake pedals, functioning headlights, turn-signals and horn.”
The seller says the replica has never been used and was only removed from its shipping crate for photographing and a thorough check of the mechanicals. The protective plastic is still on the leather seats.
According to the Junior Replicas company website: “Junior Replicas produces in Brazil, exact replicas of classic vehicles, in a scale enabling their use by children over 6 years old. The mini-vehicles use a four stroke, 6,9 hp petrol engines and have specially developed mechanics for complete safety and long-lasting enjoyment. The bodies are moulded in glass reinforced polyester (GRP) and are very detailed and fully replicate the original full-size model.”
The real SR Prototype finished first in class and ninth overall at Sebring in 1956, driven by John Fitch and Walt Hansgen. Zora Arkus-Duntov drove the SR to a new two-way flying mile speed record at Daytona Speed Week, and the car was touted as “The Real McCoy” in Chevrolet’s ad campaign.
The SR was prepped for 12 Hours Sebring race by legendary builder Smokey Yunick and it’s known as the car that saved the Corvette brand. It’s powered by a dual quad 307 cubic inch engine developed by Zora for racing and was one of the first Corvettes with a four-speed transmission.
Editor’s Note: The Real McCoy hammered for $2.3M at Mecum’s 2014 Kissimmee auction but the sale was postponed due to a dispute over ownership of parts.