Rare special edition Corvettes are sought after by collectors of all types. Whether it is the car’s history, rarity or performance that fuels the want for such a car, a special edition Corvette is something to be proud of owning. Recently, Corvette Blogger announced that one of the very rare ‘69 BF Goodrich Stars and Stripes Corvette Racers will be auctioned off at the RM Auction at Monterey, California in mid August.
The Stars and Stripes Corvette is one of three ever built. The project of BF Goodrich and Corvette racer, John Greenwood, the three Stars and Stripes Corvettes featured ZL-1 race engines and patriotic paint jobs. The cars were used as a marketing tool for BF Goodrich’s new Lifesaver Radial tire campaign in 1971. The Corvettes sported numbers 48, 49 and 50 with 49 being a publicity car while the others were raced at events such as Le Mans, Sebring and Daytona.
The Corvette that is up for auction is number 49. While it began its life as strictly a car for show, it was repurposed as a race car in 1972 after the number 50 car wrecked. After the car’s first win at Watkins Glen that year with drivers Greenwood and Dick Smothers, the car went on to be driven in Daytona 24 hours, 12 hours of Sebring and 24 hours of Le Mans in 1973. The number 49 car even broke the GT speed record with a 215 MPH run on the Mulsanne straight while qualifying for Le Mans. At the end of 1973, the Corvette’s contract with BF Goodrich ended and the car was sold.
Since the sale of the Corvette in 1973, it has been raced in many SCCA events, appeared in exclusive shows and made its way into the hands of renowned owners, racers and shops. The car is documented with complete owner information, letter of authenticity, bill of sale, and even the registration and tech inspection sheets from Le Mans. If you are interested in bidding on this exclusive Stars and Stripes Corvette, it will cross the auction block at the RM Auction in Monterey, California event from August 19th through the 20th. If you would like more information about this Corvette, you can visit Corvette Blogger’s announcement for links to its catalog description and write up from Wayne Elwood.