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The Real McCoy


   Written by Richard Michael Owen.
1956 Sebring Racer

Mecum have announced they will offer one of the single most important Corvettes in Corvette history for their upcoming sale in Kissimmee, Florida.

Mecum describe it as The Car That Saved The Corvette Brand. That's because it was a part of a large motorsports initiative to improve the poor 1955 Corvette sales and this particular car placed 9th overall at the Corvette's debut race at the 12 Hours of Sebring.

We have assembled a beautiful page of the SR Corvette as it appears now for Mecum's sale.

The complete history of these SR corvettes can be found on our dedicated page.

1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR VE55S001194 Image by David Newhardt Courtesy of Mecum Auctions.

1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR VE55S001194 - Built in 1965 for that's years Sebring race on a modified 1955 chassis (VE55S001194) Image by David Newhardt Courtesy of Mecum Auctions.



1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR VE55S001194 Image by David Newhardt Courtesy of Mecum Auctions.

1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR VE55S001194 - Completely purpose-built with a small windscreen, knock-off wheels, leather hood straps, Guide Y50 mirrors and rear brake cooling ducts. Image by David Newhardt Courtesy of Mecum Auctions.



1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR VE55S001194 Image by David Newhardt Courtesy of Mecum Auctions.

1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR VE55S001194 - Upfront are distinctive ligths, painted headlight rings and deleted chrome bumpers. Image by David Newhardt Courtesy of Mecum Auctions.



1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR VE55S001194 Image by David Newhardt Courtesy of Mecum Auctions.

1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR VE55S001194 - Rear brake ducts with knock-off Halibrand wheels. Image by David Newhardt Courtesy of Mecum Auctions.



1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR VE55S001194 Image by David Newhardt Courtesy of Mecum Auctions.

1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR VE55S001194 - #1 was fitted with the Duntov cam, twin 4-barrel Carter carburetors and the overall capacity was bored out to 307 cubic inches. Image by David Newhardt Courtesy of Mecum Auctions.



1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR VE55S001194 Image by David Newhardt Courtesy of Mecum Auctions.

1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR VE55S001194 - Close up view of the 307 engine with it's distinctive twin-belt pulleys. Image by David Newhardt Courtesy of Mecum Auctions.



1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR VE55S001194 Image by David Newhardt Courtesy of Mecum Auctions.

1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR VE55S001194 - Interior featured a unique tonneau cover and the heater was deleted. Image by David Newhardt Courtesy of Mecum Auctions.