1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE JET TURBINE-POWERED CUSTOM - 181234 Did Not Meet Reserve* at Scottsdale 2015 - Lot #5070 1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE JET TURBINE-POWERED CUSTOM https://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/181234/181234_Front_3-4_Web.jpg
Lot #5070

1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE JET TURBINE-POWERED CUSTOM

Auction Scottsdale 2015
Reserve RESERVE
Status Did Not Meet Reserve
Price
Lot 5070
Year 1978
Make CHEVROLET
Model CORVETTE
Style CUSTOM COUPE
*Includes Buyer Commission
Details
VIN 1Z87L8S400554
Exterior Color SILVER/BLACK
Interior Color BLACK
Cylinders
Engine Size ST-6
Transmission AUTOMATIC
Description

Lot #5070 - It's the stuff of legends. One man set out with a purpose to do something unheard of, and in the process, he forged a beast of modern engineering. Vince Granatelli - son of Andy "Mister 500" Granatelli - had the vision in 1978 of bringing his father's turbine engine to a modern muscle car. In the late '60s, Andy Granatelli had challenged the conventions of the Indianapolis 500 by installing a Pratt & Whitney ST6B turbine engine into STP's race car. It shook the racing world and proved to be a successful experiment, with the #40 STP car coming within 7.5 miles of winning the Indianapolis 500. Over a decade later, Vince would see to it that the turbine engine wasn't finished in the auto world. Vince Granatelli's idea was unprecedented. He wanted to convert a ST6B turbine engine to fit into a street legal Chevy Corvette - the only consumer vehicle capable of housing the length of the engine. What he didn't know at the time was that his work would lead to the world's fastest Corvette, capable of doing 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds. Even to this day there isn't a faster street-legal Corvette. There's supercharged and then there's this turbine-powered 880hp machine capable of hitting 60mph while idling. But Granatelli didn't just snap his fingers to achieve this. He put his racing pedigree and extensive knowledge into building this car. He started by disassembling the brand-new 1978 Corvette and fabricating a subframe, replacing the factory structure. He installed NASCAR oversized disc brakes in order to handle the unusual power of the car, and then needed to account for the turbine engine's massive torque. Granatelli solved the problem with a special transmission with a fortified drive shaft and 3.03:1 gearing. The next challenge was bringing down the engine's 37,500rpm with a reduction gearbox, which set the rpm at 6,230. Granatelli also installed extensive wiring, gauge modifications, an interior dash that looks like an airplane instrument panel, fuel lines and a muffler system - all built from the ground up. The result is a successful conversion from a stock 1978 Corvette to an entirely unique engineering masterpiece. A jet turbine engine in one of the most beautiful car chassis ever created is everything you would imagine. According to Motor Trend magazine, this one-of-a-kind car does 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds, but according to its creator, Vince Granatelli, it has been recorded going from 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds. It roars down the road with the howling sounds of a Learjet, creating enormous public enthusiasm everywhere it goes. It's also street legal and has a Texas state inspection sticker. Today, such a car would cost millions to build. Its past is in the rearview, but its future is a wide, open road.
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