Recently, we featured a column about the accepted C4 Corvette market. At the end of the post, we encouraged you guys to abide your cars for a affection if your ride has a acceptable backstory. This one comes to us from Washington, D.C., area adolescent Corvette Forum affiliate Craig Byrdwell aggregate his story.
Byrdwell aboriginal accomplished out to us because he capital to let us apperceive about his latest acquisition: a special-edition 1995 Indy 500 Clip Car C4. Aloof to accomplish things alike added special, this accurate archetype alone has 81 miles. Some of us drive 81 afar in a distinct day.
“I’ll go all over the country to get the appropriate ultra-low breadth vehicle,” Byrdwell tells Corvette Forum. “Plus, I’m absolute accommodating and will delay years for the appropriate agent to appear along.”
For those alien with this limited-edition C4 model, Chevy fabricated alone three originals for the 1995 Indy 500. They featured appropriate assurance items like strobe lights, a cycle bar with five-point harness, and a blaze abolishment system. This is actually the safest OEM C4 Corvette anytime built. Not alone that, it stands out from a accepted C4 due to its different Dark Purple Metallic and Arctic White two-tone blush scheme. While Chevy alone produced three official clip cars, they offered 527 official replicas for sale.
At the time, you could adjustment the “Pace Car” advantage on a new C4 for alone an added $2,816 from baddest dealers. These replicas didn’t affection the aforementioned assurance accessories apparent on the absolute clip cars. However, they retained the acrylic colors and some appropriate features. These are adorable cars and their amount is accretion as a result. There are beneath than 527 examples today, so award one is not easy.
Initially, a C4 Clip Car wasn’t alike on Brydwell’s radar. “I was not attractive for addition Corvette, I was actually attractive for a 2013 Chevy Avalanche with super-low miles,” he says. “But aback I drive a 2011 C6 ‘Vette, I like to attending them up aloof to see what’s on the market. That’s aback I ran beyond the ad for the 1995 Indy Clip Car.
“The advertisement actually said that this car had been won by Dale Earnhardt as allotment of the award-winning purse for the 1995 Brickyard 400. It was actuality awash on assignment by the antecedent owner.
“But aback I asked if they had any affidavit of that, they told me that the buyer said he had absent it aback he had moved. So, I did not accede that in my acquirement offer,” continues Brydwell.
“This one had started originally at $49,100, which is abutting to the sticker on the car, of $49,750. But it did not sell, so the amount kept activity bottomward over aftermost year until it came bottomward to $24,900 aftermost November. I saw it in December.
“They had a lot of pictures assuming every aspect of the car, including the undercarriage, agent bay, backs of wheels… It was accessible that it was the absolute deal,” he adds.
Byrdwell is no drifter to the bold of affairs cars online afterimage unseen. He had done the aforementioned with his C6 with 2,319 miles, which he bought online from a dealership in New Jersey. And now with $24,500 subtracted from his pocket, Byrdwell became the appreciative buyer of a 1995 Indy 500 Clip Car with 81 miles.
“When I got the 1995 Clip Car, I looked through the owner’s chiral and assurance album and begin that it had been awash to a adolescent in North Carolina, and he had awash it with 20 afar on it to the guy I bought it from,” adds Byrdwell. “So, the accomplished Dale Earnhardt adventure was a alpine tale… but aback it didn’t agency into my affairs calculus, and because the car has angry out to be actually what was advertised, with 81 accurate aboriginal miles, I feel like I got one heck of a deal!
“I had it delivered by truck, and collection it appropriate off the barter to my auto boutique to accept every aqueous changed: oil, transmission, coolant, ability steering, anchor fluid, and rear differential… The car is magnificent, actually like brand-new,” he continues. “One bend of the animate lid did alpha to lift a little afterwards sitting for 25 years, but I’ve already ordered a replacement, ordered C4 adumbration axle guards, additional VATS agitation keys, additional PKE fob, car cover, and Bluetooth/cassette adapter. I’m activity to accumulate the car all original, but I’m not activity to be abashed to drive it on brilliant canicule and weekends. I did get the Clip Car stickers in a box with it, but I like the apple-pie attending after them. It absolutely is like cast new.”
However, aloof aback we anticipation this adventure was advancing to a close, Byrdwell provided us with some updates. To start, his C4 now has 240 miles. And…he added addition beauteous car to his collection!
“Well, this week, I bought my third Corvette: a 2003 50th Anniversary Edition C5 Corvette convertible, with 5,481 miles,” he tells Corvette Forum.
How abundant did he pay for it? $24,500, the exact amount he paid for the C4 clip car. “I insisted on that amount because that is actually what I paid for the 1995 Clip Car convertible’ he says. “They said addition abroad had agreed to pay added and was declared to appearance up after that day to agree the deal, but if I got there aboriginal they would booty my offer. So, now I accept three Corvettes!”
Today, Byrdwell is the appreciative buyer of a C4, C5, and C6 Corvette. If you didn’t notice, they all allotment the aforementioned red blush scheme, alike if they aren’t the exact aforementioned color. Sadly, Byrdwell will be amid the ’95 from the blow of the leash “because it’s too chancy to drive it in D.C. traffic.” As a result, he will be bringing it aback to his home in Kentucky. Thankfully, afore they beggared ways, Byrdwell was affectionate abundant to booty some photos for us of the assemblage afore adage goodbye.
Wondering why he bought the aftermost car? Well, as he altogether puts it, “three Vettes is bigger than two!”
Photos for Corvette Forum by Craig Byrdwell
He spends best of his time modifying his cars, and ruining them in the process. He is the buyer of a clue body BMW 335i, a semi-off alley blueprint 1981 Toyota Hilux, a drift-ready 1990 Nissan 240sx and a 1990 BMW K75 motorcycle.
Most of his free-time is committed to authoritative abiding his cartage survive to see the abutting day. You are acceptable to bolt him at one of Southern California’s chase advance on the weekends.
Daud can be accomplished at [email protected], and followed on his Instagram account.
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