Before a new car ever hits the showroom floor, it must undergo intense research, testing, and evaluation. This includes building a small fleet of pre-production vehicles that require total and complete real-world testing to smooth out any last minute issues and design decisions. More often than not, these “pilot” cars are scrapped once production begins… but sometimes these cars find a way to escape their fate and find their way into a car collection.
This second-generation Corvette C2 pilot car is heading to auction at the Vicari Auctions event in New Orleans on December 1st, and it comes with some unique features that are sure to drive the price much higher than the normal ‘63 Corvette can command.
This well-equipped pilot car has the very-desirable 350 horsepower 427 V8 backed by a four-speed manual transmission. Painted red and with a red interior, this is literally a red hot Corvette that somehow racked up 106,000 miles on it over its lifespan. But on the inside are some unique features that truly set this apart.
For example, this pilot car has a smooth surface console, as opposed to the final production version with grid lines. The clock has a burnished face rather than silver paint, as well as other minor mechanical differences. This is one of just two Corvette pilot cars on the market, and one of just five ever created, making it even more valuable – to the right buyer, of course.
It should bring big bucks when it heads to auction in December. Do you think a pre-production car is really worth the extra money just because it’s a little different?