As you probably know, the pace car at each year’s Indianapolis 500 is a new model, being debuted by some American automaker to show off their latest product — although, for the last 20-plus years, the pace car has been a General Motors vehicle. Each year, GM makes some “replica” pace cars to sell to the public — and this is one such replica of the 1998 pace car.
The 1998 Indy 500 pace car is definitely one of the most striking, given that it’s a Corvette that’s finished in purple with yellow wheels. Yes, you’ve read that right: the pace car was purple with yellow wheels. It also has yellow seats, yellow graphics down the sides, on the hood and on the windshield. It’s one of the most unusual vehicles ever made, when you consider that its purpose was to show off the exciting new Corvette.
This particular 1998 Indy 500 pace car replica is currently offered by Fort Walton Beach Auto Brokers on the Florida panhandle, where it has everything: The yellow graphics, the yellow wheels, the yellow seats. It also touts a 6-speed manual transmission and just 5,225 miles, meaning someone preserved this Corvette, hoping this design would age well with time.
Whether or not it has aged well with time is a question the next owner must answer — and you could be that next owner, as this Corvette is offered for $34,995.
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