This fabulous turnkey big block Chevrolet Corvette Stingray would make an exciting event car – which would be comparatively cheap to run and no doubt in the ball park for outright honours.
They say: Estimate €200.000 - €250.000
Chassis No. 194679S724957
Documents: Bill of Sale
Extensive mid-west SCCA racing history
Competitor at the Le Mans Classic in 2010, 2012 and 2014
Fully race prepared, with ‘zero hour’ aluminium block 454-cu. in. engine fitted
Supplied with FIA HTP papers and FFSA Passeport Technique
Accompanied by extensive spares package, including a spare 427-cu. in. engine
This third-generation Corvette’s racing career begins when it was purchased by Emery Emond of Omaha, Nebraska, in 1970. After initial use as a road car, it competed in slalom events in 1971 before being modified to SCCA ‘A Production’ specification in 1972. Thereafter Emond used the car in regional SCCA events in 1972 and 1973, their final race together being at the Blackhawk Farms Raceway, Illinois, in April 1973.
In May 1973, Emond sold the car to fellow SCCA racer Paul C. Jones of Burlington, Iowa. With Jones, 4th in the A Production (AP) class at Road America was followed by 2nd places at Indianapolis Raceway Park and Mid-America Raceway, whilst a maiden AP win at Blackhawk Farms preceded two further 4th-place finishes at Blackhawk Farms and Indianapolis Raceway Park. The latter result secured 1st place in AP Central Division standings for 1973, thereby obtaining an automatic invitation to the prestigious end of season American Road Race of Champions at Road America. Against stiff opposition, Jones achieved a respectable 8th place overall there.
Jones continued to race the car in 1974, achieving three further AP wins: two at Indianapolis Raceway Park, and one at Blackhawk Farms. Thereafter, his outings with the car would become less regular, although he continued to race it right up to 1985. It is understood that sometime thereafter, the car was parked in a barn and remained there until Jones’ passing and was sold off as part of his estate in the early 2000s.
By 2001, the Corvette was sold to John Castrogiovanni of Scottsdale, Arizona, who in turn exported the car to Europe in April 2004, and there it was restored with endurance racing in mind. Since then, the car has been prepared by respected French race preparation experts Equipe Europe, and with the current owner has participated in the 2010, 2012 and 2014 editions of the Le Mans Classic, as well as several races in the prestigious Classic Endurance Racing series.
Having benefitted from a recent engine rebuild, and accompanied by an extensive spares package (including a spare 427-cu. in. engine), numerous period photographs and SCCA Competition Log Book from Jones’ tenureship, the car is ready be enjoyed immediately in the myriad Sports and GT Sprint, Endurance and Tour events for which it is eligible.
RM Sotheby's Offered on: Wednesday, February 7, 2018