If you’ve ever wanted a solid-axle Corvette that has flown through the air, driven on two wheels and spent part of its life doing reverse turn spins, now is your chance. ProTeam Corvette Sales is offering for sale a 1958 Corvette fuelie that was previously owned by the famous Joie Chitwood and used for a single season in his eponymous Chitwood Thrill Shows.
The white with red interior Corvette is a matching numbers, historic car that has less than 19,000 original miles, although the ProTeam ad does not indicated how many of those miles were spent in the air. The convertible was built in January of 1958 and is optioned with a removable hardtop, radio delete, a 283 cu. in. 290 horsepower V8 and a 4-speed manual transmission. The three-owner ‘Vette has undergone a professional nut and bolt restoration and has been featured on the cover of Corvette Fever magazine. The Chitwood Corvette was awarded the NCRS American Heritage Award in April of 2015.
Substantial documentation is included with the car, including original Joie Chitwood promotional materials, video footage of Chitwoods Thrill Show in action, the original registration signed by Joie Chitwood and all subsequent registrations.
The Chitwood Thrill Shows reached their zenith in the 1950s when Joie had five show units barnstorming across the U.S. Following Chitwoods death in 1988, sons Joie Jr. and Tim carried on with the thrill shows.
Born George Rice Chitwood in 1912, Chitwood acquired his nickname in 1937 when a local newsman was writing a story about Chitwood appearing in a local sprint car race, but didn’t have the slightest idea of his first name. The car owner was from St. Joe, Missouri, which was painted on the side of the sprint car. The newsman grabbed at that and referred to Chitwood as Joe Chitwood. The error was compounded by the newspaper typesetter and the name came out as ‘Joie’. Chitwood felt any publicity was good publicity and kept the name. The name continues today into the third generation of Chitwoods.
Joie Chitwood III is president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
No price is given in the ad, which just says, “Make offer”. For complete details, visit ProTeam Corvette Sales or call Terry Michaelis at 888-592-5086.
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