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The SR1 (Special Racing) Prototype was created by GM’s Chevrolet Division in early 1956. In Corvette’s first entry into sports car racing, at the 1956 Sebring 12 Hours, a car driven by John Fitch and Walt Hansgen won its class and finished 9th overall.
This Corvette was discovered in 2014 in Auburn, California. The consignor states that although the car was drag-raced extensively in the 1960s, the fiberglass body was in very good condition. He began a comprehensive cosmetic and mechanical restoration, with the intent of replicating the Fitch-Hansgen SR1.
Just like the original SR1, this tribute has been lightened by some 250 lbs., which included removal of the windshield frame, folding top assembly, rear taillight chrome inserts, side trim, and grille insert teeth. The chassis has many period-correct race features including high-rate shortened front coil springs and faster steering. The rear suspension has lengthened shackles and five-leaf springs. The wheels are replica Halibrand pin-drives with spin-on retainers.
Under the hood is a correct-series (July 1956) small-block Chevrolet V-8, fitted with fresh, properly dated cylinder heads and intake manifold, and a pair of Carter four-barrel carburetors. The factory-installed three-speed gearbox has been replaced with a Chevrolet T5 unit, but the original is included, along with numerous spare parts. Painted Polo White with blue coves with a red interior, this beautiful SR1 tribute is a sure head-turner at any Corvette gathering.