Rikkardo’s Retro Racing cars #3 Greenwood Corvette C3

So, Easter has just been and gone and for a laugh one of my lovely relatives brought me a Hot Wheels Easter egg.

The egg came with a little car. I had tonnes of Hot Wheels cars when I was little but it had never really occurred to me just how nice they were as little models. The car it came with  is a ’76 Greenwood Corvette.

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I’d seen the wide arch style C3 Corvette before but I’d never heard of Greenwood so I thought I’d do a little research.

Greenwood Racing was started by brothers Burt and the sadly deceased John Greenwood. They built Corvettes in the early 1970s for endurance racing; notably the LeMans 24 Hours, the 24 hours of Daytona and the 12 hours of Sebring. They subsided the racing by coach building C3 Corvettes nick named the ‘Street Sharks’ which included a shooting brake and cars based loosely on the Sebring and Daytona race cars. The model car is based off of the Sebring GT package.

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(Greenwood C3 shooting brake)

The Sebring GT packaged heavily altered the body style of the C3 Corvette. The arches were widened and vented at the rear mimicking the look of the Sebring race car, although the street car was not as wide as the race car because it would be a bit of a pain in the bum trying to park it at your local shop if it was as wide as a 1970s GT car. The wheels were swapped to 10j American Racing Vectors wrapped in BFG Radial T/As. Performance modifications were generally bespoke to the customers need. The GT car could have modifications made to the steering box, it could have thicker sway bars installed, heavier springs and modified shock absorbers to help it handle better than the standard car. Engine wise they were generally left alone, C3 Corvettes made between 350-400 bhp from factory which is more than enough to propel an 1500KG (from factory, I would imagine with the Greenwood styling it was closer to 1600KG) sports car along the road, they could be ported and polished if the customer required though.

Sebring GT

32 Sebring GT street cars were originally built by Greenwoods. As with any famous coach built body style fibreglass replica kits have flooded the market and so finding a genuine car for sale is a little like finding a needle in a hay stack. If any of you know of any genuine cars that have sold and for what price please do let me know and I will be able to edit it in.

Thanks for reading!

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