1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR-2


1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR-2
Based on a Sebring Corvette chassis, the SR-2 had a purposeful appearance with a rear fin, two small racing windscreens, air scoops and an extended front end. X02MO_CH127

1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR-2

Design mid-1956 for Harlet Earl’s son Jerry, the SR-2 was put into racing duty in 1957.

The car debuted at Daytona Beach in 1957 with a high-speed canopy, fender skirts and bullet-shaped frond headlights. Driven by Betty Skelton and Buck Baker, the car won the modified class with an average speed of 93.074 mph. With a standard Corvette, Paul Goldsmith reached 91.301 in the same event. The SR-2 also finished second in class for the flying mile with a top speed of 152.886 mph.

Not long afterward the SR2 contested the 12 Hours of Sebring with a new full-width windscreen. Paul O’Shea and Pete Lovely finished 16th overall and 7th in class.

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In Detail

type Racing Car
released at 1957 Daytona Speed Weeks
production 1
top speed ~245.99 kph / 152.886 mph