Generation: C1
Year: 1955
VIN: 1099
Race Numbers: 301
Ownership: Dan Hampton
Sponsors: PIZZA PALACE
Drivers: Earl Britt
Status: The Pizza Man was owned and raced successfully nationally from 1962 to 1971 by Britt. It set 8 NHRA modified production world records, and is still billed as “the world’s fastest 6-cylinder Corvette.” It won three NHRA World Points Championships, and compiled more points in a three-year span (’67-’69) than any other car in Street Eliminator history. In 1967, it took the Indy Nationals and had a huge upset win over Dick Landy and the Dodge factory team in Pomona, CA. The quarter mile times started off in the low 13s, then crept into the mid 12s, with its official best time of 12.17 seconds at 118mph. Its unofficial best of 11.97 occurred in 1970. The Pizza Man was the only '53'-55 C1 to hold a National Record from a formal sanctioning body NHRA, in this case


Original Color: White
Tires/Wheels: American Salt Flat (front) /Chrome Reverse (rear) Front Tires Firestone Drag 500 8.45-15 Rear Tires Goodyear Drag Slicks 9.00-15
Engine: 292 GMC
Driveline: Three 2-barrel down-drafted Weber 48IDA carbs with a large hood scoop, a Turbo Hydra-Matic 3-speed transmission with Positraction and 4.56 rear
Top: black vinyl hardtop
Interior: red
Condition: restored to as raced 1971 condition
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Modifications: as raced 1962-71
Notes/Race History: Earl Britt ran The Pizza Palace in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in the 1950s. He also had the urge to race in a straight line, so he commandeered his wife’s ’54 Corvette, for said purpose. This was happening around 1960, and Britt knew that racing in classes B/MP, or C/MP (modified production – basically, street-style hot rods) would put him up against some pretty powerful small block V8s. MP classes actually allowed any vehicle/engine combination, as long as everything was domestically built and the engine was in the stock location, without fuel injection or superchargers. The first two years of Corvettes (’53-’54) were powered by an in-line, 6-cylinder engine called the Blue Flame. It produced 150hp with 235 cubic inches. Britt made a wise decision to pull the Blue Flame and install a 292 GMC truck engine – still an in-line 6-banger, which allowed him to race in less “brutal” classes, like E/MP. The engine was built by Wayne Engine Rebuilders of Riverside, CA. Three 2-barrel down-drafted Weber 48IDA carbs with a large hood scoop, a Turbo Hydra-Matic 3-speed transmission with Positraction and 4.56 rear gears made it a killer combo. It revved to 9,000 rpm, so Britt made sure he had an adequate supply of 292s stockpiled from old milk trucks.
Registry ID Number: 1452

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