If you love classic race cars, then you might want to hop a jet to the United Kingdom for this weekend’s Race Retro Competition Car Sale.
The sale, organized by Silverstone Auctions, will take place Friday, Feb. 26 at the Race Retro International Historic Motorsport Show at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.
Included among the many interesting racers for sale is a 1963 Corvette Sting Ray FIA/HTP racer, well known in racing circles and a Goodwood favorite.
We love the way the auction house describes the 1963 Corvette, noting that its “split rear screen” has made it one of the most collectible cars ever.
This car was purchased from Fred Meuller in 2008 by Silverstone’s vendor who traveled to America to inspect it. The car was presented in its Alto Racing livery and also included a history file containing various references to its early race history.
Since crossing the sea to the UK, this car has entered multiple Goodwood RAC TT events, proving reliable and competitive, according to Silverstone’s description.
Steve Warrior built the small block engine that produces 481 horsepower, and the history file contains several dyno sheets showing outputs at various settings.
According to Silverstone, the car has benefitted from thorough preparation and knowledgeable input from its renowned historic race car owner/driver.
Silverstone adds that the car can lap Goodwood in less than 90 seconds and describes the Sting Ray as a “very competitive prospect at a fraction of the usual costs” and “a well-sorted, reliable race car.”
Furthermore, the Corvette is praised for its “great presence” and “with its original orange livery and period graphics brings a lot of individuality to the grid, ensuring that the car is likely to get asked back.”
The gray chassis is labeled as being in “great condition” and the GRP bodywork remains “very sharp.”
The car is also road registered making European Tours and other road events an option for the new owner.
Silverstone concludes that the FIA/HTP papered Corvette is an excellent value, “offering a fantastic passport into some very special events, and is set apart by having a genuine period race history.”