1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE #57 REBEL CONVERTIBLE RACE CAR - 161060Sold* at Scottsdale 2014 - Lot #5022 1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE #57 REBEL CONVERTIBLE RACE CARhttps://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/161060/161060_Front_3-4_Web.jpg
Lot #5022 1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE #57 REBEL CONVERTIBLE RACE CAR
Lot #5022 - World record holding #57 Rebel Corvette convertible has appeared in numerous publications and graced the cover of Autoweek, Corvette News and Corvette Corner back in its day. The L88 was ordered new by professional racer Or Costanzo and delivered by Feman Chevrolet in Tampa, FL in January of 1969. One of only four lightweight L88s built, equipped with open chamber heads an option not available to the public until June of the model year and a dual disc clutch. Costanzo and Dave Heinz shared driving responsibilities from (69-71) including consecutive appearances at Sebring 12-hours the team went on to win four or five IMSA events in 1971 and captured the IMSA championship. Prior to the 1972 Daytona 24-hours race the Rebel team with drivers Heinz and "Marietta" Bob Johnson was approached by Goodyear and a special unmarked set of tires were placed on the vehicle. Heinz and Johnson finished 8th overall and captured 1st place in the GT1 class. Later, Goodyear revealed in a full-page Wall Street Journal that the winning Corvette team had been supplied with racing's first set of radial tires. The "Rebel" Corvette shod in Goodyear with the "Stars and Stripes" Corvette shod in BFGoodrich would set many records during the tire wars. In the 1972 Sebring 12-hour race the Rebel finished 4th overall and 1st in GT1. The 1972 Daytona and 1972 Sebring record finishing positions were the highest finishing positions for any Corvette for almost 3 decades. The C5-R factory Corvette team broke the Daytona record in 2001, the Sebring record still stands to this date. Fully restored to its 1972 Sebring trim, it has competed in numerous vintage races, has been displayed at the National Corvette Museum, in 1994 and 1998 at the Bloomington Gold Special Collection and it received the NCRS American Heritage Award in 2000. The most well-known, well recognized, iconic L88 Corvette to ever race, the "Rebel."
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