Not everyone – or everything – is cut out for a starring role in front of the camera.
Take this 1988 Corvette Challenge convertible up for sale on eBay now.
While its brothers were in the spotlight as part of the 1988 and 1989 Chevrolet Corvette Challenge series of motorsports events, this Corvette was specially built to work behind the scenes and capture film footage from those competitive events.
Not to mention being used to film various pursuits and stunts from movies, including the Transformers series.
The car started out as one of the 56 examples created in 1988 for the Corvette Challenge, with upgraded intakes, a computer chip upgrade, high flow exhaust, modified disc brakes, and an increased torque band to make sure it could accelerate and decelerate with the best of them while doing its job.
Like all Challenge cars, this one made 245 hp (sounds so low now, doesn’t it?) with a Cross-Fire fuel injected engine connected to the Doug Nash 4+3 manual transmission. Tuned and modified by Powell Motor Sports, each car also featured a full roll cage, racing seats, Bilstein shock absorbers, and unique wheels.
All that work wasn’t cheap. Each Corvette Challenge car cost $33,043, plus another $15,000 charged by Powell for race prep and the entry fee for the season. That makes its current starting bid request of $18,500 on Ebay sound like a bargain, especially since the car has just 7,600 miles (though they were probably pretty strenuous miles).
This Corvette also was modified with “Mitchal” mounts front and rear to capture action on film and has a built-in video monitor on the passenger dash.
We’d be hesitant to change the car back to stock since its special modifications for Hollywood are what makes it so special to us, but the eBay ad does say that all replacement body parts are included if you’re so inclined. By the way, only about 30 of the Challenge cars are estimated to have survived the past 30 years, and this is the only one modified for movie work.
Though its work was done behind the camera, this car did manage to be captured on film while doing its job, so the new owner will be able to cherish those photos from the old days. Who knows, maybe it’ll get another screen call one day.