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1989 Chevrolet #80 -ART CAR- Corvette Challenge Race Car -1 of 29
Price : $119,000
1989 Chevrolet Corvette 2dr Coupe Hatchback
Yellow / Black
8,336 Miles / VIN: 1G1YY2183K5110406

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1989 Chevrolet #80 -ART CAR- Corvette Challenge Race Car -1 of 29

Yellow / Black 1989 Chevrolet Corvette 2dr Coupe Hatchback VIN: 1G1YY2183K5110406
Coupe, 2 Doors, Rear Wheel Drive, 5.7L, 8 Cylinders, Manual Transmission Stock: 110406

Vehicle Description

Below are some of the specifications that make these cars unique from stock GM Corvettes.

History:

The 1989 Corvette Challenge cars had a unique option code from the factory, it was "R7F". The documentation from GM clearly indicates that the cars were produced for the express purpose of racing in the SCCA Corvette Challenge Series. There is also documentation that identifies by serial number, all Corvettes produced with these option codes. Therefore, it is relatively easy to validate the authenticity of any Challenge car.

Each of the twenty nine 1989 Corvette Challenge cars that were converted by Powell were designated strictly for racing. Each car converted had specially installed roll cage, fire system, Challenge car seats, seat belts, brake ducts, exhaust system, oil cooler and Dymag wheels.


It is widely known that these 1989 Challenge Cars are highly desirable to collectors and very rarely come up for sale. There are several that taught these cars to be the next major collectors item on the MUST HAVE list. When looking around you will see some challenge cars have come up for sale in the last 10 years and the prices to fluctuate. The 1988 Cars are extremely collectible and anyone should be proud to own one, but the 1989 is the car everyone prefers. It had MAJOR upgrades which was revolutionary for the Corvette at the time. The All new 6 Speed Transmission, Magnetic Ride Control, rear side exit free flowing exhaust, etc was all installed into these 29 cars and wow did it make a difference!!


Now what makes this exact car the one to have that cannot be compared to any others in the past? It had the most unique livery paint scheme on the paddock. It was affectionately known as the "ART CAR" in part for its very cool artsy 1989 paint scheme, but also because its Team owner, John Payson. Mr. Payson was a true lover of the arts as an art gallery owner in NY and FL. His Mother was the Founder of the New York Mets and the Payson family owned several near priceless works of art such as Renoir's Confidences and Van Gogh's Irises!! He carried this passion into his motorsports program. This #80 "ART CAR" competed in the whole season, except one event and IT WON the first event of 1989 at Phoenix. We can not find another 1989 Challenge car with a win that has ever been offered for sale. It makes this car go from 1 of 29 produced down to just 1 of 9 ever produced with a 1st place race finish. Only you and 8 other people can say that!!!! If that was not enough, it was rumored that at the end of the 1989 Season, GM asked for the Special sealed engines back and gave the car owners the original engines in return. THIS CAR HAS THE SEALED RACE ENGINE STILL INSTALLED!!!!!


This amazing Collectors item Corvette is being offered with its original Livery, in As-Raced condition. Make no mistake, it runs and drives like an 8000 mile corvette should. Ice-Cold A/C, Power everything works as its suppose to, and drives great!


1989 Corvette Challenge Car #80
Driven by: Willy Lewis
Corvette Challenge Car #80 - driven by  Willy Lewis

#80 Corvette Challenge Car documented history and specs

Car number: 80Car Color: Yellow / Blue / Black
Sponsor: Doug Rippie MotorsportsDriver: Willy Lewis

Owners:

Current owner:Horsepower Sales of Florida

Race history:

Phoenix
Dallas
Sears Point
Detroit
Des Moines
Meadow Lands
Toronto
Rd. Atlanta
Mid Ohio
Road America
Mosport
St. Pete
Finish
1
18
16
20
15
10
12
21
10
9
-
8
Start
2
11
11
7
10
11
12
15
15
19
-
21
Driver
Lewis
Lewis
Lewis
Lewis
Lewis
Lewis
Lewis
Lewis
Lewis
Lewis
-
Lewis
Car Status
Running
Crash
Running
Crash
Engine
Running
Running
Accident
Running
Running
-
Running
Laps Comp.
72
11
28
18
28
65
32
8
33
14
-
29
Qual. Time
34.971
1:23.98
1:55.402
2:17.711
1:48.754
54.582
1:24.346
1:41.773
1:47.773
3:15.481
-
1:35.965


Below data includes the Challenge Car Production information for 1989:

Color Information:
Original color:Produced:Converted:
Red
12
6
Black
12
5
White
12
8
Charcoal
12
6
Medium Blue
12
4
Totals
60
29
Production Information:
Total cars produced:
60
Total cars converted for racing:
29
Total cars raced:
27
Total cars raced all races:
10
Total cars that won a race:
9


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