There are exceedingly few surviving vintage Corvettes examples that have been utilized as race cars since new. And that’s a huge part of what makes this 1959 specimen so noteworthy, as it was purchased new for the purpose of being campaigned in local motorsport competitions.
Leaving the factory at the tail-end of the 1950s, this Corvette was equipped with the most powerful engine that Chevy offered in the ‘Vette at the time, a “Fuelie” 283ci (4.6L) overhead-valve, Rochester fuel-Injected solid lifter camshaft V8 that put down 290hp (at 5,300rpm) and was mated to a four-speed manual transmission. This ’59 ‘Vette also sported a number of other race-focused upgrades such as a braced full-width bolt-in roll bar, side exhaust, steel race wheels wrapped in period-correct Firestone tires, a full-width cutdown windscreen, courtesy lights, a deluxe heater and windshield washer, and heavy-duty brakes and suspension that included an independent front suspension setup and a live Posi-traction rear axle. In more recent years, this example was treated to a world-class restoration from a renowned marque specialist, returning the Fuelie Racer to its former glory. This 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie Sports Racer is slated to cross the auction block at Bonhams’ upcoming Quail Lodge event where it’s expected to fetch between $180,000 and $220,000.