LMC is very proud to offer for sale this 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Factory Fuelie Race Car
In 1959, the infamous Carroll Shelby attempted to blend the best of Italian design and American powertrains. He enlisted Sergio Scaglietti, creator of the timeless Ferrari Testa Rossa, to clothe three 1959 Corvette chassis in beautiful, flowing, streamlined, lightweight coupe coachwork, a concept which found favor at Chevrolet but, was rejected by the competition-averse managers on the 14th floor of the GM Building. Since the management at General Motors had rejected Shelby’s proposal to factory race, these three special Corvettes were sold to privateers to race independently.
As stated on the original dealer invoice, this special Corvette was factory ordered with the best options suited to go racing. It was factory painted in 503A Solid Black complemented by 490D Red Trim and 470E White convertible top. All three of Scaglietti Corvette race cars were powered by the most potent engine available on Corvette's factory options list, the 283ci/290 horsepower solid lifter camshaft engine with Rochester fuel injection backed by a 4-speed manual transmission and Posi-traction rear axle. This special Corvette was also equipped with courtesy lights, HD brakes, HD suspension, deluxe heater and windshield washer which were the necessities need to go racing. These options all together would add $1,210 to it base price of $3,875 for a total of $5,227.
The original buyer of this rare Corvette was Gene Cormany, the Vice President of Engineering for the Zollner Corp. in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, a prime supplier of pistons for the American automobile and trucking industry. (Company owner Fred Zollner was one of the founders of the National Basketball Association and longtime owner of the Zollner Pistons team, later moved to Detroit where they became the Detroit Pistons). Cormany had attended an SCCA driving school at Lockbourne Air Force Base in 1958 and raced a Corvette later that season, reportedly without much gratification which led to the acquisition of this unique Corvette race car. He raced this car regularly throughout the Midwest in 1959 and 1960, scoring twelve top-three finishes including four wins out of 22 events.
Using period photos, this Corvette has been restored by a marque specialist to its period racing scheme of 503A Solid Black complemented by a 490D Red Leather Interior with white meatballs and race number 9. It still retains its unique racing equipment including a braced full width bolt in roll bar, side exhaust, and steel wheels with Goodyear Super Cushion tires. The driver and passenger sit behind a full-width cutdown windscreen which utilizes the original windshield mountings. A fully restored stock windshield and windshield wipers come with the car and it easily converts to street driving configuration with the windshield swap taking only five minutes.
Corvettes that have been racecars since new rarely survive in anything close to this kind of condition and almost never retain original documentation. Original documentation includes original dealer invoice, SCCA race results, ownership history, period photos and restoration history. A beautiful car, it was state of the art in American V-8 sports cars in 1959 and it is still a welcome and competitive participant in historic racing series. Freshly restored to the highest standards, it will be a welcome addition to any collection, with an intimate connection to one of the best known of all Corvette projects in its 290hp Fuel Injected engine from the first of the Shelby Scaglietti Corvettes.