NCM Features Callaway Series 1 Speedster
With an Open Top and Over 400 Horsepower on Tap, the Series 1 Speedster Is One of the Coolest Callaways Ever
An exhibit celebrating 30 years of Callaway Corvettes is currently running at the National Corvette Museum. It will be in residence until early May. But don’t wait around to go see this set of historically-significant, Callaway-modified Corvettes, because you might not get the chance again. Each of these cars is exceedingly rare, and putting 15 of these special cars in the same room at the same time is something you have to see to believe. We’ve already discussed our favorite Callaway, the C4-based Sledgehammer, but this 1991 Callaway Series 1 Speedster is a close second.
The Series 1 Speedster shown in the video above is the tenth of ten Speedsters built. It was commissioned as a 50th birthday gift for Corvettes at Carlisle co-founder, Chip Miller. And it’s the only car ensconced in black pearl and a red leather interior.
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The Speedster, as you can see, does not incorporate a roof. Instead, it simply has smooth glass surrounding the cockpit. It shows off a cut-down windshield and a strangely aerodynamic-looking rear fairing. Designed by the legendary Paul Deutschman, the Series 1 cuts a serious figure. Especially when placed next to a standard C4. This Speedster takes the C4’s shape, but makes it so much more attractive. Just make sure you don’t leave home if the forecast calls for anything but blue skies.
The Speedster, being a Callaway and all, is not just about show. It has plenty of “go” to back up those looks. Under the NACA-ducted clamshell hood, the traditional TPI small-block is augmented with a pair of turbochargers, a pair of intercoolers on either side of the intake manifold, and even an extra pair of fuel injectors mounted just before the intake to augment fuel provision under boost. Callaway Twin Turbo Corvettes produced an impressive 403 horsepower and 582 lb-ft of torque in 1991, making for some serious performance gains over stock. If you had one of the ten Speedsters built, you were certainly a king of the road in 1991.
Via [National Corvette Museum]