• Aug 30th 2009 at 10:44AM
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1968 SCCA Chevrolet Corvette tribute - Click above for high-res image gallery

Next up on the auction block is every Corvette-loving Walter Mitty's fantasy come true, a 1968 SCCA Corvette hardtop convertible race car. Okay, maybe that's not everyone's idea of the perfect Corvette, but for those of you old enough to remember the glory days of SCCA Trans-Am racing circa 1968, this car should hit all the right buttons. What started life as a perfectly adequate, four-speed 327/350 optioned 'Vette, has been transformed into the very special race car tribute you see in our gallery. It's a street car that looks an awful lot like the Trans-Am racers of the late '60s and early '70s.

The good folks at 2nd Generation Automotive Restorations are the ones who turned it into what you see here today, minus this car's current fire-breathing factory race engine, a genuine Bowtie ZL-1. That's right, the current owner found one of the factory's limited edition Ram Jet ZL-1 engines (number 155 of only 200 made) nestled in a '55 Chevy show car. The engine had just 36 miles on it and needed a better home. We'd say the result is pretty spectacularly awesome. This very car was featured in the August 2007 issue of Hemmings Muscle Machines and can be yours for a Buy-It-Now price of just $60,000 – it would probably cost nearly twice that much to replicate it today. If this sounds like the right car for you, you'd better act fast. Bidding ends today at 7 PM PDT.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      When I think of the words "70's" "racing" and "Corvette" I think of the Greenwood Corvette so I think this thing needs to look more like one. That being said, that motor is worth $25k-$30k alone to the right person. So it's a bargain in my book!
      • 6 Years Ago
      A little too pretend racer for me -- wrong powertrain for a real racecar, and way too ostentatious for a real street car.

      I'm getting to the age where I really like corvettes (though I'm more of a late C2 guy myself), but this car screams "I've got a little pee-pee..."
        • 6 Years Ago
        seems to me the people that always bring up the "oh he's compensating" are either 1) jealous and don't know how to handle it or 2) the ones with the tiny wang themselves. If having a corvette means you have a tiny pecker, what does owning a Ferrari mean? what does owning a Bugatti Veyron mean? negative wang measurements?

        I'm 27 and have a C6 - love it more than anything. I didn't buy the car to get ass, but it doesn't hurt my chances. The age thing is rather irrelevant too. It's true lots of older guys get them but that's because by that age they are easy to afford. Anyone of any age can appreciate a vette. If you don't like it that's fine, but why go out of your way to say something hateful? I will admit I'm not a general fan of mustangs, but they are popular for a reason and there are a few badass ones out there, yet I keep my mouth shut and just smile and move on.

        Corvette has always been about being affordable yet able to take on much more expensive Euro models.

        I will finish by saying you probably are not a real man if you can't appreciate a sidewinder exhaust.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Or maybe that's just you.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "I've got a little pee-pee..."

        Good for you, most guys with this problem are too ashamed to admit it. Coming to terms with it, and just putting it out there in the open is very admirable.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah but the Corvette didn't run Trans-Am back in the day. That was the pony car series where Mustangs and Camaros played.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As nice a specimen of a C3 as this car may be, it just reminds me of how God-awful and ugly the C3 was... and still is.

      Why not post up some pictures from Corvette Summer while you're at it to seal the deal, LMAO!
        • 6 Years Ago
        stfu it's sexy
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think your web browser must be broken. It looks damn good in Opera 10. What are you using? Might it be out of date?
        • 6 Years Ago

        My uncle used to have a '69 Corvette, that thing was a real beauty. The sexy bulging fenders, the long hood, the thin chrome bumpers. Not as beautiful as the C1 or C2, but definetly NOT ugly.

        Now, if you had singled out the mid-'70s version of there C3, like the '75 or '76, or would have been slightly more inclined to agree with you.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Awesome I love seeing the old Corvettes on the street. They still look and sound beastly 40 years later.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ugly headlights, AWESOME car. I want one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The headlights are stock, they just have a cover over them to improve aerodynamics. If you look, you'll see that they're the stock recessed headlights.
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