Jay Leno says that the “Best cars are the ones with great stories“. If you are a collector that shares the same mantra then this might be the most desirable ‘Vette on the market! Our friends at GT Motorcars in Wallingford, CT are currently in possession of the very first C6 Z06 “experimental car” ever built. This 2005 testbed car came off the line on February 4, 2005 and has lived a life that could make most car enthusiasts, and the Dos Equis guy jealous.
This is THE car that set the official Nürburgring time (remember when Chevrolet actually published those?) of 7:42.99 in June of ’05 with Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen at the wheel. This was an incredible achievement at the time (and still impressive today as the much hyped new Supra just ran a 7:52.17 in the hands of German car-mag, Sport Auto), magnified even further by the fact that it was from a standing start as opposed to the industry standard flying “hot lap.” Jan commemorated the occasion by signing under the center console lid, making for an even cooler story to tell your friends when you walk them around the car.
While in Europe, this experimental “Blue Devil” was also the one to set the Z’s published top speed of 198 mph on a two-way run in Papenberg where it averaged 198.6 after reaching the magical 200 mph mark on the Autobahn.
This car continued to add hard to spell tracks to its resume with a trek to Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps where our favorite Ride and Handling Engineer, Jim Mero, piloted the devil for a pre-screen for the Z’s press show. Upon its return to the States, this car continued checking off bucket list items at VIR where Corvette Racing’s most successful American driver, Johnny O’Connell took it for a spin.
The EX Z06 comes from a well-known family’s Corvette collection/museum with historical documents and original paperwork. It still features all of the harnesses, roll cage, Sparco seats, and GM stickers that were fitted for testing purposes and used by all of the famous drivers that were there for all of the early research and development of one of the greatest Corvettes in in history, one that still holds the distinction of most powerful naturally aspirated vehicle in General Motors history, nearly 15 years after this test vehicle was born.
You can add this piece of history and all of the incredible stories that come with it to your collection for the not-so-bad price of $80,000. The only downside is that with an “EX” VIN, this car can’t be registered and therefore isn’t exactly legal for road use. This car’s legal status should be considered a moot point though for connoisseurs as this is one of the coolest C6 models that we have ever seen made available and it could anchor any collection (even Mr. Leno’s) with its prominence and multitude of great stories.
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