Time­warp Corvette to go un­der the ham­mer

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - www.coys.co.uk

An ul­tra low-mileage lim­ited edi­tion 1978 Chevro­let Corvette will be for sale at this weekend’s Coys of Kens­ing­ton Schloss Dyck auc­tion in Jüchen, Ger­many.

This eye-catch­ing ‘time­warp’ ve­hi­cle is an In­di­anapo­lis Pace Car replica, made for Corvette’s 25th an­niver­sary. Only one model was supplied to each of Chevro­let’s deal­ers in the US.

Chris Rout­ledge, Coys’ chief ex­ec­u­tive, be­lieves it’s about time it got an owner who’s will­ing to use it. He says: ‘ This is an un­miss­able op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire a lim­ited edi­tion Corvette that’s cry­ing out to be driven and en­joyed!

‘It’s pos­si­bly the only “brand new” Chevro­let Corvette 25th An­niver­sary Edi­tion In­di­anapo­lis Pace Car in the world. It was pur­chased by an en­thu­si­ast who kept it on static dis­play as his pride and joy, hence the low mileage with the odome­ter read­ing only 198 miles.’

Supplied with ad­di­tional pace car equip­ment, the cost of a lim­ited edi­tion model was 40% higher than that of a stan­dard Corvette. For this, they fea­tured two-tone sil­ver over grey paint­work with sep­a­rat­ing pin­stripe, plus alu­minum wheels, and a set of re­galia de­cals in­clud­ing ‘winged wheel’ Indy Speed­way lo­gos and le­gends for the doors read­ing ‘Of­fi­cial Pace Car, 62nd An­nual In­di­anapo­lis 500 Mile Race, May 28, 1978.’

The sleek fast­back’s pre-sale es­ti­mate is €35,000-45,000.

The Corvette’s odome­ter only shows 198 miles, most of which were gained dur­ing the car’s de­liv­ery to its US deal­er­ship.

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