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Country of origin:United States
Produced from:1974 - 1976
Numbers built:12
Internal name:C3
Designed by:John Greenwood
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:November 20, 2014
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Click here to download printer friendly versionIn order to fund the development of the Wide Body Corvette, Greenwood expanded his operation by also offering customer cars for the first time. He even intended to create a road going version using his competition car's striking body design. The example on display in Detroit was still a very rough mule, shown mainly to attract customers. The subsequent development work continued for several more months before the car made its competition debut. It proved startlingly quick straight out of the box but reliability issues prevented Greenwood from turning the pace into results. The first win came very late in the year at the Daytona finals, where Greenwood also started on pole.

The 1975 season started off promising with a pole position at the Daytona 24 Hours but sadly the race ended early with accident damage. In addition to the wide body, the Greenwood team cars also grabbed attention because of their patriotic liveries with large 'Spirit of Sebring' markings. Reliability issues still plagued the cars and it was not until the Daytona Finale that Greenwood scored another win with his potent Corvette. Several customers also started campaigning their cars with Greg Pickett being particularly successful with his Trans-Am specification example. A total of twelve chassis were constructed, although not all of them were built into cars in period.

The Greenwood wide body Corvettes were brought out again in 1976 for the Daytona 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours. Although a pole was scored in the latter, reliability was still an issue. Greenwood was invited back to Le Mans to spice up the show and to fill the grid; a considerable amount of his expenses were even covered by the French government. The 'Spirit of Le Mans' proved to be the fastest car down the track's long straight, topping 220 mph. The car qualified an impressive 9th and ran strongly until a tyre blew early on Sunday morning. This would be the final team outing for the wide body Corvette, although Greenwood himself would make the odd appearances behind the wheel of his customer's cars.

Although, he did help develop a new tube frame car for John Paul Jr. racing, Greenwood drastically reduced his competition from the end of 1976. The strain of combining the task of designer, engineer, team manager and driver for several seasons had clearly taken its toll. The planned road car never materialised as the certification process of such a fundamentally different body proved too complicated. Highly sought after today, the competition cars remain as some of the fastest and powerful Corvette racers ever constructed.

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