1998 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
The Indianapolis 500 race started the tradition of using a pace car
to keep the starting field in order to begin the race from a
rolling start. Prior to 1911, almost every auto race utilized a
standing start to begin the race. The pace car is required to
collect the field back up at a reduced speed for an organized
restart after a caution. For all intent and purposes, the pace car
is a safety car.
For consignment one of 1,163 replicas of the 1998 Indianapolis 500
pace cars. It is a coveted spot as a manufacturer to have your
latest model showcased as a pace car in the 500, and for this year
Corvette won the honors. This low mileage car driven a mere 1,800
miles per year on average since rolling off the assembly line,
presents in very nice condition.
Draped in Radar Purple Metallic and emblazoned with numerous
graphics from checkered flags to word graphics denoting the
occasion, this car is simply over the top with the combination of
yellow fades to white, red stripes intermixed with these fades, and
beautiful badging. A black convertible tops it all off, and on the
opposite end (that being the bottom) blazing yellow wheels mimic
the graphics. All in very good condition, looking much like it did
when on the showroom floor.
To grab your eyeballs when staring into the inside, yellow leather
racing buckets with black bolsters cannot be missed when the top is
down or the doors are swung open. These beauties flank a jet black
console harboring the armrest/glovebox/gearshift area. To the
outsides of the seats are two pristine doors with panels that are a
beautiful shiny and gleaming black. Just the sculpting of the door
panels, and the handles makes the doors appear to be going 100MPH
while standing still! A look to the curving dash where analog
gauges are housed, along with a tower of buttons that perform
multiple functions, reveals the same effect to moving while
standing still. A shout out to the detail department, for the
yellow stitching on the shift knob and leather boot. It just brings
it all together. Grounding all this is the black carpeting that is
thick enough to remove your footwear, and just rub your toes into
An LS-1 346ci V8 with a compression ratio of 10.1:1 and pumping out
345hp is fed by a sequential multi-port injection system is seen
when flipping the hood forward. An automatic transmission is
attached to the rear of this mill. A note to the engine bay for
being deliciously clean and shining.
Nary a hint of any surface rust (excepting a bolt or 2)
undercarriage is clean, and sturdy, and all there. Frame, floor
pans, and rockers are very well preserved.
Having the provenance of 1 of 1,163 examples brings with it some
stories, maybe some of which are even true. The consigner states,
although unfortunately has no documentation, that this car was
actually on the track. Our in-depth research cannot prove
definitively that indeed it was. A terrific example that is ready
to be put through its paces!
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 300 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania,
conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76
Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and
our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for
more information or to come see the vehicle in person.