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It's been 50 years since Chevrolet first took a class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the 1960 Briggs Cunningham Corvette. General Motors has decided to mark the occasion by swaddling the very first 2011 Chevrolet Corvette in the same livery worn by the champion. The car wears blue stripes and other decals as homage to the company's racing history, but it also packs a few performance tricks from the Chevrolet playbook at the same time. The special-edition 2011 Corvette boasts both the Z06 and CFZ packages, which means there's 505 horsepower on tap courtesy of a 7.0-liter aluminum V8.

That CFZ package also throws in tricks like those fancy wheels and unique side-view mirrors, along with a healthy dose of carbon fiber bodywork. If you want it, GM has a smoking deal for you. The company is offering the car for a $300,000 tax-deductible charity donation plus what it cost the company to produce the vehicle. How much is that? According to the good folk over at Corvette Blogger, the price tag should be around $85,000.

Sure enough, the car is sexy as can be, but we can buy a lot of metal for nearly $400,000 – deductible or not. For that kind of cash, we easily could snap up a whole garage full of ZR1s and enough tires to keep them all fat and happy.

Corvette Blogger has a killer spread of photos of the car, though, and we don't mind spending some time drooling. Hop on over to the site to see a few good shots of the 1960 beating up on the competition at Le Mans, too.

[Source: Corvette Blogger]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      porsche and GM(corvette) are doing the smart thing. keep the car looking mostly the same and improve it from genaration too genaration(corvette started doing that in the 90s but the look is legendary and should be kept that way with little differences throught the year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it really 85k this Corvette? I dont have much experience with Corvette's but if I lived in America I would jump at the chance to own one.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      No wonder the average Corvette owner is over 50 years old. I think it's time GM put the glory days of the '60s in the past, and focus on something more recent that a younger demographic might care about.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How about livery from the Corvette that won it's class in 09?
        • 5 Years Ago
        They did that. The Solstice/Sky didn't sell.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess they thought we forgot about the transam with the same paint .I have a 50th c5 vert in maroon/tan, makes that car look like scata.Like many owners the c6 never flew
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mind telling me what was wrong with the paint scheme on the 35th Anniversary Edition T/A?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Also, this is to commemorate the 1st Le Mans win in the Briggs-Cunningham Corvette. Which guess what....had the same exact paint scheme. Go look it up.

        So quit being so negative.
        • 5 Years Ago
        White with longitudinal dual blue stripes is the US-based racing livery scheme.

        Even Jaguar D-types that were raced by american teams were painted white with blue stripes. Ferraris under NART also. North American Racing Team... Some street cars reversed the blue and white, later for blue cars with dual white stripes.

        Italy was red. England was dark green, germany was silver. Privateer scottish teams were medium scottish flag blue with white chevrons. US was white with deep blue stripes.

        Pontiac used the livery, and perhaps modified it a bit by softening the blue color, they didn't invent it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM is milking every last dime out of the aged C6, no make that C5v2.0.

      I love the C6 and all but really, why can't GM take advantage of economies of scale and but carbon brakes on every Z06 at little cost to the buyer? This is the "track" model after all isn't it? . . .
        • 5 Years Ago
        Most corvette owners or those that track the car do no want carbon ceramic brakes. They significantly increase the maintenance cost of the car (yes, they do wear out quite quickly when you use them at the track). Heck, at our track, the ZR1 owners actually took off the OEM carbon ceramic rotors and are racing using Baer iron rotors instead.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You generally pay for exotic items like that. Why Corvette be any different?
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