1972 Chevrolet Corvette (C3) Pilots: A. Cudini, B. Darniche, J. Greenwood Team: John Greenwood Racing Race: DNF (GTS 5.0+ class) at Le Mans in 1972 Spark - S5075 (resin)
Chevrolet Corvette #1 (09/04/17):
The third generation (C3) of the Corvette was available from 1968 to 1982. Designed by Larry Shinoda and based on the gorgeous Mako Shark II, it was more “muscular” than the previous C2. This C3 was first seen by the public in general in a very peculiar and unintended way. General Motors tried hard to keep the appearance of the upcoming car a secret. Nonetheless, a leak came from a very unexpected source. Hot Wheels (!) released it’s very first line of 1:64 models several weeks before the car’s unveiling, and one of these models was the new Vette. But even with the spoiler, the car made a big splash. As was the norm with American Iron, the engine was a V8, with optional displacement sizes. You could order the car with a few options in engine sizes, from 4998 cm³ to 7440 cm³.
John Greenwood bought two new Corvettes in early 1972, sporting the “big block” 6997 cm³ (427 cu) V8. He debuted the cars at the Six Hours of Daytona, in February, but one DNF and the other was disqualified. The following month they were at the Sebring 12 Hours, and one car managed a 24th place. With the (small) result improvement, he was more confident to tackle the 24 Heures du Mans. So for the 1972 race, he had two cars in the fray, cars #72 and #28. However, neither finished. Unfortunately on lap 53 piston failure took out car #28, and on lap 82 a cylinder head joint failed and Corvette #72 was out too.
This is my third C3 Vette, and each one is from a different brand. The Altaya #76 is obviously the worse, though it’s not a terrible model. But has the coolest livery. The Vitesse #1 is quite better, but still has some shortcomings. So with no surprises here, this Spark is the best of the trio. A very well detailed model, with a great livery – nothing less than a true gem of a model. Honestly, this Corvette #72 is one of those models good for every vintage race car collector.