The legendary Paul Newman was not only a stellar actor but also an avid automotive enthusiast and racecar driver. Although he died in 2008, his legacy will live on forever, and now you can own a piece of it with the latest offering from RM Auctions. As we found out from CorvetteBlogger, the actor’s last race car, a potent and victorious C5 Corvette, could soon be yours for the right price, complete with race liveries and all.
Launched into stardom in the 1950s, Newman starred in countless movies and received 55 nominations for major acting awards. In 1972, he launched his racing career and went on to race for Bob Sharp Racing behind the wheel of Datsuns from the mid-1970s to the 1990s.
During that time, Newman won four Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) national titles, finished fifth in the 1977 24 Hours of Daytona, finished second in the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans, won his first Trans Am race at Brainerd International Raceway in 1982, and won another Trans Am race at Lime Rock Park in 1986.
In 2003, Newman and his partner, Michael Brockman, purchased the Corvette being offered at RM Auctions’ Amelia Island sale. Originally built for Tom Gloy Racing by Riley and Scott in 2002, the Corvette received its red, white and blue race livery when Newman took possession of it. He went on to race the car from 2003 to 2007 and won his last race with it.
In 2007, the car underwent a complete rebuild, including a new body.
The #83 was put on the car after its rebuild, representing Newman’s age. Unfortunately, Newman didn’t feel well enough to race the car that year and it remains in its rebuilt, never raced state.
The Corvette comes complete with its fuel-injected 346 CI race engine capable of 700 HP, as well as four-wheel disc brakes, a six-speed manual transmission and an independent race suspension. The car also comes with its SCCA logbook that documents the legendary racecar completely.
If you’re interested in bidding on this iconic race car, it will be up for auction at the Amelia Island sale on Saturday March 10th. The car is expected to fetch bids between $250,000 and $350,000, so be sure to bring your check book!