This car is one of 50 Malcolm Konner Special Edition Corvettes built by Chevrolet in honor of Malcolm Konner’s retirement from his New Jersey Chevrolet dealership.
In 1985, Chevrolet sought a high-performance option to bridge the gap caused by delays in introducing the all-aluminum twin-cam ZR1 engine.
Corvette chief engineer Dave McLellan had tried one of the 150+hp Alfa Romeo Callaway Twin Turbo GTV-6s and called Reeves Callaway to see if Reeves could create a turbocharged Corvette. Knowing that “the call” from GM doesn’t come often, Callaway jumped at the chance and quickly developed a twin-turbo package that provided stupendous performance yet met emissions standards. Corvette Engineering blessed it, and it was approved for the 1987 model year as Regular Production Option B2K, the only time in Chevrolet history when a high-performance Corvette was actually produced as an RPO by an outside firm, and warranted by Chevrolet. Built in batches of five cars, this 1986 model was one of the first group of cars produced by Callaway. After a 200-mile test and shakedown drive at Callaway, it was delivered to Konner Chevrolet on October 6, 1986. As far as it is known, this is the only 1986 model year Callaway Twin Turbo built.
86-001 was delivered to its first owner in October 1986 and was purchased by the present owner in 1992 with only 8,810 miles. After a trip to Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, it has been carefully stored since and has only 9,500 miles on the odometer.
Only one person can own a complete collection of Callaways because the collection starts with this car. In a brief review of Callaway prices, a Sledgehammer was reportedly sold for $400,000; one of ten ’91 Callaway Speedsters sold for a reported $150,000.
Featured at Bloomington Gold in 1993 and Chip’s Choice at Corvettes at Carlisle in 1996, this unique 1986 Callaway Twin Turbo Corvette comes with extensive documentation from new.