If you’ve ever seen a DirecTV commercial, followed Frank Fritz of American Pickers fame, or been to a Costco, you are aware of the art of the bundle. If you don’t ride in any of those fine circles, the gist of it is this; when buying something, you add in one or multiple extra items.
This makes you spend more overall money, but it also gives you more negotiating power on each individual piece.
This is a method your author is exceptionally fond of, both in real life and when browsing the internet for cars that I can’t exactly afford. The other day, after digging up one of my holy grails, a 2019 ZR1 with the Sebring Orange Design Package, ZTK Package, and a 7-speed manual, I started scrolling through Chicago Motor Cars’ Inventory for a way that a better-moneyed version of myself could get a fairer price on the ZTK through bundling. Unfortunately, I wasn’t pretending to be rich enough to afford the gorgeous Range Rover painted in the darkest red I’ve ever seen on a production SUV along with my $150k Corvette, so I kept going. Cheaper and cheaper I went until finally landing on an LS-swapped ’92 Typhoon that would perfectly fit the fantasy all-weather and kid-hauling bill.
Before clicking on my new 1,100 HP winter beater though, another vehicle brought me back to reality. Sitting directly below the hopped-up Jimmy on the e-showroom floor was a 1993 Corvette Convertible that had clearly been treated to some “Powerful Engineering” by our friends at Callaway cars. This thing deserved a post on Corvette Blogger! Upon further inspection, this wasn’t just some “run of the mill” B2K car. I was in the virtual presence of a true one of one that combines Callaway’s Sledgehammer-inspired AeroBody and a 400 HP “SuperNatural” 383.
The canvas car came from Bowling Green with a sticker price of $48,569, which included the removable hard top (a $1,995 option), Selectable Ride and Handling (which added another $1,695), and the lux-trifecta of Bose, the Preferred Equipment Group, and the six-way passenger seat (for a total of $2,034). It was then brought to Old Lyme, CT, where it was customized by Reeves and his team, specifically for his cousin, Mark, who shares a name with pro wrestling’s Undertaker!
Now listed for $49,800, the formerly Callaway-owned Callaway ‘vert comes with a trophy case of documentation, including original books, two sets of keys, window stickers from Chevrolet, Callaway, and “Corvette Mike,” appraisals, certificates of authenticity, pictures, and framed stories about the build and excitement of the 22,000 miles that the car has covered thus far in its life.
Apart from the usual assortment of Callaway engine, aero, and suspension modifications, is an interesting upgrade that is believed to be unique to this C4; a Callaway installed radar system. Another noteworthy thing about this car is the presence of Parnelli Jones’ signature under its clamshell hood. The tale of how an autograph of a rival tuner’s spokesman (Jones was signed on to sling Saleen Mustangs at the time) came to be on this Chevrolet centers around a star-studded challenge. The race was Reeves Callaway in this Corvette vs. Jones and one of his Saleen-prepped ‘Stangs. The loser had to admit defeat by signing the other’s car. It was the Corvette that walked away with some extra ink in its engine compartment. Reeves’ John Hancock can also be found on the engine cover, adding further prominence.
This exceptional C4 brings a ton of desirability to the table. The only question that remains is which partner vehicle would create the perfect bundle?
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