Back in 1987, Chevrolet unveiled a partnership with Callaway Engineering that eventually produced a five-year run of so-called Callaway Corvettes.
The joint effort marked the first time General Motors had outsourced a Regular Production Order (RPO) option to a specialist manufacturer that even included a factory-backed warranty.
The second such Callaway Corvette ever produced is up for sale through Auction Solutions out of Omaha, Nebraska, and as of Wednesday, Oct. 14, the high bid was a reasonable $16,000, not bad considering the original cost of the Callaway option by itself was $19,995 on top of the base price of $27,999.
Only 188 of these Callaway Corvettes were produced in 1987. They started life as regular production models built in Bowling Green, Kentucky and then were shipped to Callaway’s facility in Old Lyme, Connecticut for engine and other modifications.
This particular car is said to have survived the 2014 sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum without a scratch “and has the shirt and pictures to prove it,” according to the auction listing.
This special Corvette, which has 60,112 miles on the odometer, features Callaway’s twin turbos, along with twin NACA ducts on the hood – the easiest way to differentiate these early Callaways from the 1988 through 1991 models that featured Callaway’s AeroBody with unique taillights, front valance, and side vents inspired by the company’s 254 mph Sledgehammer street legal world speed record car.
According to Mike Antonick’s Corvette Black Book, the first four 1987 Callaways used replacement LF5 (truck) shortblocks, but subsequent cars had reworked production Corvette engines. This car’s engine is said to have been recently rebuilt and produces “a lot” of horsepower, according to the listing.
All Callaways had the Doug Nash 4+3 manual transmission.
Based on the extensive set of photos with the listing, this Dark Red Metallic Callaway appears to be in excellent condition inside and out and comes nicely equipped with cruise control, power steering, power/anti-lock brakes, power windows, power locks, power seats, power mirrors, AM/FM radio, telescopic wheel, and Posi-traction.
It’s said to have passed its AutoCheck, and the previous owner is also providing meticulous documentation of all modifications and maintenance done to the vehicle, including the original build sheet. An interesting feature is the signatures of Corvette Chief Engineer Dave McLellan and his wife Glenda dated Sept. 17, 2010.
Auction Solutions / Proxibid.com
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