If you’re into Corvettes, you’ve likely heard of Callaway Cars. The Connecticut-based tuner specializes in turning normal Corvettes into high-powered speed machines capable of trouncing more expensive, more exotic supercars with ease. Its most famous creation, the C4-based Sledgehammer, solidified Callaway as one of the all-time great Corvette tuners of the world, setting a record-breaking top speed of 254.76 mph in a 1988 test. Now, you can own it.
The Sledgehammer was just listed for sale on Bring a Trailer on behalf of its current owner, none other than Callaway founder Reeves Callaway. The car was ordered new by Callaway in ’88 and immediately shipped to his headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut for the conversion. It got a new “AeroBody” designed by Paul Deutschman to reduce drag, and a hand-built 5.7-liter twin-turbo V-8 making 898 horsepower and 772 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed manual to ensure a high top speed.
Other improvements to the car include a selective ride control suspension system, a custom stainless-steel exhaust system with centrally-mounted quad exit pipes, a set of choice five-spoke Dymag magnesium wheels, and a roll bar with five-point harnesses. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.