First Batch – 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 tanker race car

California dealer and racer Paul Reinhart had proven his skill behind the wheel of a Corvette ably enough by 1962 to be one of the names on the list of six recipient’s for the all new Sting Ray Z06. The Z06 package was distinguished from other 1963 Corvettes by heavy duty suspension, power-assisted brakes with a dual-circuit master cylinder, a 36-gallon fuel tank and finned cast aluminum knock-off wheels. Of course, the cars also had the 360 horsepower fuel-injected 327. Duntov intended that all the cars be raced, and the other five also went to accomplished Corvette racers like Dick Thompson, Jerry Grant and Dave MacDonald. All five of the other cars were also delivered on time, but Reinhart’s was not, and he ended up having to watch the others debut at the Los Angeles Times Grand Prix at Riverside in October, when the new Shelby Cobra showed its potentially devastating performance. When Reinhart finally did receive his Z06, chassis 0895, he removed the bumpers, the spare tire and its carrier. He also replaced the factory exhaust system with straight-through rear-exit pipes and replaced the suspension with Koni shocks in the rear and Gabriels in the front.

The car was ready for Riverside in February of 1963, but the threat from the Cobra and Chevrolet’s withdrawal of factory racing support were discouraging for Reinhart and others campaigning a Z06. He continued to race his car throughout California, but by the end of the 1964 season he had put the car up for sale. Almost two decades later, Reinhart was looking to vintage racing and of course began looking for a Corvette. He found one while browsing some San Francisco-area classifieds, and upon closer inspection it just so happened to be his old Z06, car 0895. He then restored the car, and it has since been used by Reinhart and other at venues like Monterey, the Wine Country Classic and the Coronado Speed Festival.

Only 199 examples of the original Z06 were ever built, so any genuine one is a serious prize in the Corvette world. Being one of the distinguished original six, though, is something else. It would be a star at any vintage race or Corvette gathering, and will certainly be a star at Mecum’s Monterey sale next month.

This 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is available at the upcoming Mecum Monterey sale, scheduled for August 14-16, 2014. It carries a pre-sale estimate of $1,500,000 to $1,700,000.

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely Bitchin!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Totally Awesome car.

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