Callaway has built a firm reputation for producing some of the most sophisticated and advanced Corvette-based automobiles. Introduced in 1998, Callaway’s C12 continued this proud legacy. Designed, developed and constructed by two top German engineering and development companies, Callaway and IVM, the C12 was intended as a bespoke, high-performance car that offered its occupants a civilized interior and relaxed ride.
The Callaway C12 serial number is the same as a standard production Corvette, but the C12 is in no way standard. With aerodynamic bodywork fabricated from fiberglass, carbon fiber and Kevlar™, a massaged aluminum V-8 engine, heavily revised suspension, enormous disc brakes and a thoughtfully upgraded interior, the Callaway C12 is a custom-built American supercar. It is so different from its Corvette base that cars sent to Europe were titled as Callaways. Very few of these exclusive cars were made, as most were custom-made to the specifications of the clients.
1997 Chevrolet Corvette Callaway C12 1G1YY22GV5100167 – sold for $140,000 This is the actual Callaway C12 show car at the Geneva Auto Show. Distinctive wide body stance. Owned by the late Ely Callaway Jr. founder of Callaway Golf and Reeves father. Ely Callaway’s C12 employs the same design as the C12 that captured the 24 hours of LeMans class Pole. Reeves Callaway refinished this car in Enzai Blue paint and Hermes Orange leather interior. 1 of only 2 Callaways with color matched fitted luggage. 10,672 actual miles. Auction Source: Kissimmee 2014, #WhereTheCarsAre by Mecum
Custom built for longtime Callaway client Bruce Callner, this charismatic C12 Speedster is one of only two convertible examples equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission, specially modified and reprogrammed to handle the engine’s 440 horses. In addition, the car was fitted with custom dual coilover suspension and the Le Mans brake package, Lamborghini Blue paint with Blue and Cream leather sport seats and carbon fiber interior fittings, all of which contributed to the car’s final price of over $225,000. Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Daytime Auction by Mecum