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The iconic fourth generation Corvette that once belonged to the late, great Leo Barnaby is currently being offered at auction on eBay, providing bidders with the chance to own not only a revolutionary and unmatched race car, but a true piece of heads-up drag racing history that means a great deal to a lot of people in the racing community.
Barnaby, a longtime racer and chassis builder that was a friend to all, passed away at the young age of 40 in a car accident in October of 2008, and the following season, this machine was raffled off with the proceeds going to the Barnaby family. The winner was drawn at the Shakedown at E’Town that year, with a gentleman from Colorado being the lucky winner of the car. The new owner had the turbos freshened and a new Pro Torque converter was supplied, but the driver was simply too tall for the car and didn’t have the funds to operate such an intricate machine. Thus, it now finds itself on eBay.
This Outlaw 10.5 ride is built around an SFI 25.2 spec chassis constructed at Barnaby’s Never Lift Motorsports shop, with a VFN nose, carbon fiber wheel tubs, and American Racing Trak Star wheels, and retains the power windows and stock Corvette front stub.
Power comes from a 440-inch Small Block Chevy with Dart 11-degree Little Chief cylinder heads, a Peterson 5-Stage dry sump oiling system, Hogan sheet metal intake, and Wilson throttle body mated with a pair of Precision Turbo Pro Mod 90mm turbochargers and a customer intercooler tank. This small yet mighty bullet propelled the Corvette to a mind-boggling 6.84 at 200 MPH on 10.5W slicks under the guidance of Barnaby.
Other features include Strange carbon fiber front brakes and dual caliper steel rear brakes, Santhuff front and rear shocks, a Strange Ultra case, Racepak V300 unit and dash, Big Stuff 3 fuel management, and much more.
This is one heck of a find, and despite the $50,000 starting bid, there’s a lot of race car there for the money.