If the thousands of new C7 Stingrays on the road now aren’t exclusive enough for you, how about a C12?
As in Callaway C12, that is.
Here’s your chance to own a piece of Corvette history that is definitely much more limited-edition material than the C7 will ever be.
One of only 19 such cars built in 1999, this Callaway C12 is number 18 of the lot. Furthermore, it’s from the private collection of famous racer Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The car is up for sale on eBay right now, but as of Friday afternoon, the only bid was $500. Bidding stops on Jan. 26 at 10 a.m.
It’ll obviously take a lot more for this Corvette to change hands then as most people paid in the neighborhood of $200 grand when the C12 was new.
The car is powered by the SuperNatural version of the LS series 6.2-liter engine and features very slick BMW287 Blue Pearl paint, having been repainted using the three-step Glasurit process.
This Corvette appears in the Nov. 18, 2002 issue of Autoweek magazine and was purchased by Earnhardt in 2004.
A little background on the C12: Its original purpose in life was to win the GT2 class at LeMans, where it did in fact earn the class pole position in 2001, whipping Porsche and Ferrari, among other world-class vehicles. The C12, built in conjunction with IVM Engineering Group of Germany, was a mutual effort by Callaway Cars (USA) and Callaway Competition (Germany). It features styling by Callaway’s own Paul Deutschman, built around the 1997-2004 Corvette platform, and had a completely new body two meters wide to take advantage of LeMans dimensional rules. Callaway’s engineering geniuses came with the C12 coil-over suspension with a unique control arm streamline tubing and high pressure, gas-over-oil adjustable dampers.
Junior and his entourage obviously took care of the car, which has just 23,342 miles and was kept in a garage. The sellers say there are no noticeable dings on the exterior and the car has a smooth shifting transmission and a properly running engine. The interior is “extra clean,” they say in their post, with “absolutely no rips, odors or abuse.”
Best of all, if you’re a Dale Jr. fan, you can have the car autographed and the keys put in your hand by the man himself!