Year Built: 1957
Livery Year: 1957
Livery Year Driver: John Fitch & Piero Taruffi
Built in the spring of 1957 to participate in international sportscar racing, the Corvette Super Sport project involved many of Chevrolet’s legendary engineering staff including Ed Cole, Harley Earl, Zora Arkus-Duntov, Bill Mitchell and Harry Barr, among others. The 283-cubic inch fuel injected V8-powered SS drew considerable attention and Chevrolet entered the SS in the Twelve Hours of Sebring endurance race. Originally, the Argentinian driving ace Juan Manuel Fangio and Britain’s Stirling Moss were selected to drive the SS, but both drivers were released when the SS was not completed in time for testing. The Corvette SS was driven instead by Italian Piero Taruffi and American John Fitch, who was team manager for Corvette’s production car racing team. Starting the race with virtually no practice, a variety of handling and braking problems beset Fitch and Taruffi from the outset, and the SS withdrew due to overheating after only 23 laps. The Corvette SS’s only race appearance was at Sebring due to a decision by executives of the Automobile Manufacturers Association (AMA) to prohibit automakers from directly participating in motorsports. As a result, enthusiastic plans to compete in the upcoming 24-Hours of Le Mans were ended by the edict of the AMA.