The ‘Vette Set: Inside the National Corvette Museum

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
1957 Corvette SS XP-64
In 1957 the Corvette’s chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov and Chevrolet VP of design Harley Earl created this advanced purpose-built racing Corvette with the intention of entering the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of LeMans. With styling similar to road-going ‘Vettes of the time, the XP-64 is pure race car with its magnesium body, tube chassis and a racing-spec V8 that generates just over 300 horsepower. Although the car had mechanical issues and did not finish at Sebring, in test sessions legendary driver Juan Manuel Fangio asked for some seat time and promptly set a new track record. Ultimately Sebring would be the only race for the SS.

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