Complete Set of Corvette Indy Pace Cars Heads to Auction

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There’s only one complete set of privately owned Corvette Indy Paces Cars on the planet. And now it’s up for grabs!

Corvette Indy Pace Cars are an important piece of the model’s history. Not to mention both Chevy’s fiberglass wonder and the actual race’s place in American history. Given their intertwined relationship, it makes perfect sense that the Corvette has paced the Indy 500 14 times more than any other car model. Add in the fact that all of those corresponding Corvette Indy Pace Cars are collector items, and you might think that there are several complete collections out there in the world. But you’d be wrong.

In fact, there’s only one known private collection containing each of the Corvette Indy Pace Cars. And it’s currently owned by Indiana businessman Keith Busse. You might also think that the act of assembling all of these cars would be pretty easy. But that certainly wasn’t the case. The biggest obstacle comes from the fact that the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 examples were never offered for sale to the public. So Busse did the next best thing and painstakingly replicated those cars. With special permission and guidance from Chevrolet and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, of course.

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Those cars received authorization to use the original pace car’s paint schemes and graphics. But they also received the very same decals, straight from the original manufacturer. Thus, Busse’s collection stands as the only truly complete private collection of Corvette Indy Pace Cars on the planet. The other two reside, of course, in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and GM’s Heritage Collection. And now one lucky collector is going to get the chance to obtain the entire lot.

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That’s because Busse’s Corvette Indy Pace Cars are set to cross the block at Mecum’s Indianapolis auction, taking place May 15-20. If for some reason the collection fails to sell for an “acceptable offer of purchase,” however, the cars will sadly be sold individually. We’re guessing that won’t be the case, no matter how high the asking price. After all, how often does such a cool and unique opportunity present itself?

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Corvette Forum, Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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