1963 was a very special year for the Chevrolet Corvette because it was the one and only year the car came with a split rear window. This oddity makes 1963 model years highly desirable to collectors. However, this ’63 Corvette is special for another reason: it holds the official title of “World’s Fastest Street Legal Car.”
Looking at the car with its roll cage, huge Mickey Thompson tires, and the two gigantic turbochargers sticking out of the cowl hood, it certainly doesn’t look like a street legal car. However, it has opening doors, power windows, turn signals and a horn, and even a cupholder! In its “street trim,” this car ran the quarter mile in 6.75 seconds at an incredible 209.96 mph!
As you can tell from the pictures, there’s a lot of custom body work here. The car rides on a chromoly double frame rail chassis by Lowdown Hot Rods. The car has been lengthened a full 12″ (6″ behind the front fenders, 4″ in the roof, and 2″ in the rear quarters). The rear has also been widened by about 3″ to accommodate the massive rear tubs. The car’s hood, doors, rear wing, seats, and wheel tubs are all made of carbon fiber!
All of the custom body work is very cool, but come on, it’s the “World’s Fastest Street Legal Car,” not the World’s Most Extreme Bodywork Car. So let’s get to the good stuff! The engine is a Chevy 427 small block from Moran Motorsports out of Taylor, Michigan. A pair of 88mm Garrett turbochargers force air into a custom Moran sheet metal intake with billet runners, through the Dart billet block with Dart “Little Chief” heads, and out through the custom Larson headers.
This is coupled to a Lenco CS2 4-speed racing transmission with a 9″ AFT triple disc clutch inside a titanium bellhousing. Just think about the cost wrapped up in that transmission alone! The whole thing is controlled by a Racepak V300 computer with a UDX digital display, a Big Stuff ‘Gen 3’ Pro SEFI and traction control system, and a Weldon fuel pump with a voltage reducer that can slow the pump down for street driving.
When all is said and done, this car produces 2,600hp and 1,700 ft-lbs of torque. It has been certified as the World’s Fastest Street Legal Car by the National Hot Rod Association and by the IHRA Pro Mod – 7.50 ET and faster.
The car was built by Rod Saboury of Manchester, Maryland. Rod is a 3-time Drag Racing World Champion, 8-time World Record Holder, and has held the title of World’s Fastest Corvette on two previous occasions with a 1957 and a 1953 Corvette.
As you can imagine, a first-class professional build like this would command top dollar at Barrett-Jackson. The car sold for $198,000 dollars, which may seem like a lot but as any drag racer will tell you, you couldn’t build the same car for that amount. So to whomever bought the World’s Fastest Street Legal Corvette, Godspeed, and don’t forget to fasten your safety harness while cruising around town!