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Fifty years ago the 1960 Briggs Cunningham Corvette won its class in the model’s LeMans debut. When the anniversary was celebrated last summer, Chevrolet built a special, one-off Z06 to honor the achievement. Sporting the same Arctic White paint, blue racing stripes and number ’3′ as the Cunningham car, this tribute will be auctioned at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Corvette collectors around the world will want to clear the evening of Friday, January 21 on their calendars, to make sure they are ready to bid on this one-of-one opportunity. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the National Corvette Museum’s planned Motorsports Park. This is to be a nearly 500 acre facility complete with road courses, autocross course, skid pad, karting track and drag strip.
In addition to the car’s LeMans connection, it is also the first production 2011 Z06 Corvette, bearing VIN 001 and being manufactured on April 19 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Chevrolet, working with the GM Design Center, added a number of special features to the car as well.
The overall list is significant, including the Z07 Performance Package; heritage 1960-style blue split stripes and #3 door numbers; special 50th Anniversary of Le Mans Racing logos; LS7 7.0-liter (427 cid), 505 hp small-block V8 with dry sump system and titanium components; 6-speed manual transmission with launch control; carbon fiber fenders and floor panels; and an aluminum frame structure and magnesium engine cradle.
The car has been autographed by racing legends and Corvette Hall of Fame members Dick Guldstrand, John Fitch and Dick Thompson, as well as 2010 Corvette Racing drivers Johnny O’Connell, Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta and Jan Magnussen.
Live television coverage of the auction of this car is expected on the Speed Network between 7 and 9pm MST, Friday, January 21, 2011.
You can learn more about the original #3 LeMans-winning Corvette in the video below.