If Rod’s name is familiar, it may be because he also built what he calls the World’s Fastest Street Legal Drag Car which he created out of a another 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe.
As for the Black Widow, its a pretty special Corvette in is own right. Starting with the engine, Rod put the ZR1’s 638 hp LS9 into the car along with a Tranzilla T56 6-speed manual transmission and a 9″ Ford rear end.
The body was a basket case when Rod first got the car and so he used his Signature Edition TIG-welded tube chassis from Legacy Innovations. The rear of the car was widened with mini-tubs to fit the big Redline Mickey Thompson SR tires and Wilwood provides the stopping power with 4-wheel disc brakes with engraved calipers.
Inside you’ll find a black and red interior with custom white gauges and the Black Widow’s Red theme is carried inside to top of the dash and center console. Rod added a custom Push to Start button and another nice touch was the addition of the 1967 Corvette’s headrests which I am sure helps stop whiplash when taking off.
The Corvette is filled with little details that seem to emerge every time you look at it. From the custom Red ZR1 Supercharged badges, carbon fiber air intake, red accent colors on the gauges and custom stereo speakers mounted in the rear, Rod also made sure to keep with the many of the car’s original features like the door panels, carpet and the addition of the 1963’s fake hood grilles.
Since we saw the Black Widow Corvette at SEMA 2012, it went on to be a finalist in Goodguy’s “Street Machine of the Year” and was named Best Pro-Street a the 2013 East Coast Indoor Nationals.
Mecum will be offering Rod Saboury’s Black Widow during their two-day Harrisburg 2015 auction next weekend. The Black Widow is #LOT S123.1 and will be offered on Saturday, August 1st. The auction listing claims over $300,000 invested so it will be interesting to see what it fetches at auction.
Here’s a brief video of the Black Widow “Cruising O.C.” from one of our previous posts: