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 Callaway C16 is built to a customer order by what the press has called “the best specialist engineers in the business.” Callaway builds only a few cars per year and Callaway Corvettes of any model only occasionally surface for public sale. This particular Callaway started life as a 2005 Corvette C6 convertible and was specifically built to customer order in 2007. Like every other Callaway, the body, interior, engine and suspension were taken to the ultimate level of style, fit, comfort and performance.
This 5,785-mile C16 is finished in Tangelo Orange with silver hood stinger and has a Carbon Black interior with Alcantara accents and silver stitching. A power-operated black canvas top will keep you dry should the weather become inhospitable when you’re out cruising.
The Callaway-modified 6-liter LS3 engine develops 616 horsepower thanks to an Eaton Rootes-type supercharger. Other features include the Callaway Le Mans brake and Multi Pro suspension packages, a 6-speed manual transmission, Dymag carbon fiber wheels and 3M Clear Bra finish protection.
The Callaway website advertised this C16 for sale with an asking price of $155,000. The ad also notes that the price of a comparable new C16 is $235,000. Only one car can be the first, and this C16 is documented as the first convertible made by a very exclusive marque. It will be interesting to see where the auction bids end up.
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