Back in 1959, legendary Corvette designers Bill Mitchell, Pete Brock, and Larry Shinoda combined their talents to design their famous Stingray racer concept car.
That one-of-a-kind car is pretty much priceless these days.
But luckily, there’s a way an ordinary person can afford to own at least a reasonable facsimile of the Stingray racer.
Fifty-four years ago, you see, a fellow named Warren “Bud” Goodwin started the Fiberfab Company, which made fiberglass street rod parts and customized body panels for the hot new Mustang. Goodwin eventually branched out into full body kits, including one called the Centurion that would fit on a Corvette C1 or C2 chassis (1953-67).
One of those Centurion kits is apparently up for sale on eBay now, where one bid for $25,000 has already been placed. Bidding ends at 3:48 p.m. Saturday, April 14.
Admittedly, this car isn’t up to the same standards as the restored one that sold for $91,000 back in January at Barrett-Jackson Auction.
But since only six of them were ever made, even one that needs a lot of work is still tempting for some enthusiasts.
“This is a roller project,” the seller of this car admits, “but it has so much potential and a real keeper when it is finished. Needs lots of work but well worth it in the end.”
Much of the body work appears to have at least been started, but the interior is pretty much a blank slate and the engine bay is empty, too.
The seller says he has installed a Jim Meyer racing front suspension and brand new coilover shocks come with the car.
By the way, a little more back history on the Fiberfab Centurion.
Naturally, after Goodwin liked the first Centurion so much, he couldn’t resist racing it, where it drew the attention of GM lawyers for its uncanny resemblance to the original Stingray racer.
But before GM could sue Goodwin, Goodwin himself put an end to the company when he caught his wife in the arms of her lover, “accidentally” shot the other man, and was nevertheless found guilty of the slaying and sent off to prison. By the way, GM lawyers sued and did shut down production of the Centurion shortly afterwards.
But not before Goodwin had produced half a dozen of the Centurions, including apparently this one.
As the seller notes, “this is a great chance to own one of the prettiest and unique custom bodies that out of the ’60s. Why build a restomod when you can have something Corvettish but totally different.”
Better hurry, though, as the seller points out he is only selling due to time restraints and work load, and if that situation were to change, the car will stay with him.
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