Barrett Jackson Corvette

Better be quick on the bid if you want to own a piece of Corvette history because The 48-Hour Corvette is set to cross the block as lot #1292 at Barrett-Jackson's 2018 Scottsdale auction held January 13-21.

Most classic racing Corvettes are revered for victories earned during the '50s, '60s and early '70s. Cars like the Stars and Stripes L88, Purple People Eater '59 and Mickey Thompson Z06 Split Windows have secured their place in racing and collector car history. The cars are valuable, in part, because their history cannot be duplicated. Somewhere on the other end of the collector car spectrum lives the Restomod Corvette.

While Restomods can, indeed, be duplicated, no two are the same. Likewise, some examples are more special than others. The most desirable Restomod Corvettes typically sport ultra-high- performance hardware such as oversized disc brakes, fuel-injected LS-based engines and updated tubular suspension. Topline examples usually feature modern creature comforts such as bolstered seating, Bluetooth audio and modern air conditioning. It's no wonder that Restomods are so popular.

Lot 1292, a 1972 Corvette coupe known as the "48 Hour Corvette," is definitely an ultra-high performance Restomod. Its modern architecture includes a Lingenfelter Performance Engineering LS7 engine that generates a dyno-verified 649 horsepower. Electronic traction control helps to transfers that power to the ground, while massive 14" Wilwood disc brakes easily bring the car to a halt. The RideTech suspension provides modern, supercar-like handling. Hand-fabricated spoilers and vents manage airflow in and around the car's curvaceous C3 bodywork.

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Submitted by Phil Ellison