1998 Chevrolet Corvette Indy Pace Car
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 examples 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 just a touch
over 1,000 miles per year on average since rolling off the assembly
line, presents in very nice condition. A few upgrades, and plenty
of options, and you are in a very nice example donning purple with
snappy graphics, and in our halls here at Classic Auto Mall.
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, and wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport A/S ZP rubber.
All in very good condition, looking much like it did when on the
To grab your eyeballs when staring into the inside, yellow leather
racing buckets professionally restored to showroom 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 it. A dual zone climate
control system is installed, AM/FM/CD with Bose speakers is also
An LS-1 350 CID 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. A 4-speed automatic
transmission is attached to the rear of this mill and has an
attached performance rear axle. 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. Independent suspension
all around, and power disc brakes too. Active handling, and a Corsa
Pace Car stainless steel exhaust system is on and sports Pro Tips
to keep the resonance on the interior to a minimum.
Starts and runs like new, handles very well, and cruises like the
engine is not even on. Very nicely preserved example.
Having the provenance of 1 of 1,163 examples brings with it some
stories, maybe some of which are even true. A very nice Pace Car
Edition Example, with some recent upgrades and restorations to have
this Purple Pacer all pristine and buttoned up.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 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 located 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.