The sheer number of vehicles for sale on eBay is impressive of course, but the incredible variety that are for sale never ceases to amaze. If you are a Corvette fan of a certain age that never missed Speed Racer, eBay has the car to satisfy your wildest fantasy — a Speed Racer Mach 5 replica based on a 1981 Corvette.
The Mach 5 replica is car number two of the only two that were ever made. Car number one was a prototype, hand sculpted by the seller on a Corvette over a period of two years with, as the ad says, “consent of Tatsunuku legal department.” Tatsunoko Production owns the rights to Speed Racer — hopefully the seller just made a typo in the ad and he has the consent of Tatsunoko.
A body kit for the number two car for sale here was made from hand laid fiberglass using a mold taken from the prototype car and applied “over the existing C3 Corvette body.” The ad points out that, “There were no structural alterations to the original corvette to compromise any of the factory safety standards unlike other cars of its kind.” Remember, though, that there were no factory Corvette convertibles made between 1976 and 1982, so the 1981 Corvette on which this open Mach 5 replica is based was a coupe, as noted in the ad’s “Vehicle Specifics”.
The 1981 Corvette coupe on which the Mach 5 is built has an L-81, 350 cu.in. V8 engine, automatic transmission and came with a factory red leather interior. The car has 85,000 miles on the odometer. The original L-81 produced 190 horsepower.
The replica Mach 5 has a new free flow exhaust from the exhaust manifold back with two-chamber mufflers and chrome exhaust extensions. The engine has been modified to accept an Edelbrock carburetor and a “vacuum advance style” ignition system. The rear calipers and brake pad are new, as is the battery. The Mach 5 is fully serviced and “ready to go!”
Nineteen bids have been received as of press time with a high bid of $32,100. Although this is a significant amount, the bidding has not met the reserve. The auction expires on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 11:13 a.m. Please see the ebay ad for the complete details and contact the seller if you have any questions. Otherwise, Go Speed Racer Go!