Pace cars have always been popular, but what do you do if there’s a pace car for which the factory built no replicas? Well, the guy who was a fan of the Corvette used at the 2007 Daytona 500 had this 1989 Corvette convertible styled to match and it’s every bit as much fun to drive as you’d think. Don’t worry, guys, the pace car look is not permanent. Using modern computer technology, they were able to take the look of the 2007 pace car and transfer it to the 1989 Corvette bodywork with vinyl decals. The result is nothing short of traffic-stopping and like many other Corvette pace cars, it’s far from subtle. Underneath, there’s actually a darned nice Corvette with nice white paint and good gaps. Of course, being plastic, the bodywork doesn’t rust or rot and the overall impression is that of a car that has always lived a pretty easy life. Obviously, it hails from Texas, as you can see from the Texas-themed Bowtie emblem on the hood as well as a big TEXAS badges on the rear bumper, and yeah, if you live in Texas it’s go big or go home. You’ll also find cool upgrades like LED taillights and oversized chrome tailpipes there are few signs of abuse or neglect. This is a nice car, regardless of the flashy bodywork. The custom interior is beautifully done with custom seat covers that were stitched (not dyed) to mimic the Texas state flag. Red leather was this car’s original choice, but the white and blue additions make for a dramatic look and the professional workmanship ensures that it looks appealing. It’s all in very good condition, with minimal wear on the seats (even on the high-wear side bolsters) great carpets, and original door panels that don’t even show a dent where the driver’s elbow might rest. The Corvette’s digital gauges are big, bright, and easy-to-read, and with a carbon fiber applique, it has a modern, high tech look. There’s more carbon on the shift knob as well as a custom leather steering wheel wrap, and the original stereo is gone, replaced by a modern AM/FM/CD stereo head unit. All the usual Corvette options are here, including automatic climate control, power windows, locks, seats, and mirrors, a tilt wheel, and cruise control, so driving this vintage ‘Vette is hardly a hardship. Even the storage area under the hatch is in excellent condition and not faded by the sun. Packing an indestructible L98 350 cubic inch V8, this Corvette remains a blast to drive. It’s stock mechanically but offers polished aluminum valve covers to dress things up a bit under the hood. Recent service work includes new injectors, a new ECM, fresh A/C compressor with R134a conversion, and a brand new Magnaflow stainless steel cat-back exhaust system underneath. It’s a great runner with an awesome performance sound and the 700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission was always the best choice with the L98. The undercarriage is shockingly clean for a car that’s more than 25 years old and it’s been upgraded with drilled and slotted brake rotors. Chrome wheels from a C6 Corvette are a great addition that still looks OEM and they’re wrapped in 275/40/17 Kumho performance rubber.
Fort Worth, Texas, United States