1959 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie racing car is beautifully retro
Factory-fitted with courtesy lights, a deluxe radiator and a windshield washer, this black-painted time capsule retailed for $ 5,227 when it was brand new. Adjusted for inflation, that’s $ 48,800 or $ 12,195 less than Vette’s most affordable eighth-gen spec.
Originally purchased by Gene Cormany, vice president of engineering at piston supplier Zollner Corp., the open-top race car raced throughout the Midwest in 1959 and 1960, scoring four of 12 wins among three firsts out of 22 events. Restored at great expense in 503A Solid Black and 490D Red Leather, the vehicle still retains unique racing equipment such as the reinforced roll bar, side-pipe exhaust and steel wheels.
Currently riding on vintage Firestone rubber boots, the Corvette further sweetens the deal with a full-width cut windshield that uses the stock mounts. Easily convertible to street driving, the fuel-injected racer will cross the block on August 13 at the Quail Lodge auction.
Fully documented and professionally restored, the car is valued between $ 180,000 and $ 220,000 according to auction house Bonhams.