Your choice of two exclusive editions! For car guys, the sounds of Summer are filled with the cheer of the crowd and the thunderous sound of hundreds of tires blistering over the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Now, to once again honor America’s favorite annual kickoff to Summer, Franklin Mint Precision Models is proud to introduce the 2008 Corvette® LS3 Indy 500® Pace Car in two special Limited Editions! Painted in basic black over silver checkered-flag coves, reminiscent of the first Corvette® Pace Car in 1978, these pace cars lit up the track with their all-new LS3 motors churning out 430 horsepower and a whopping 424 foot pounds of torque.
Now, Franklin Mint Precision Models is proud to announce two exclusive Limited Edition die-cast replicas to honor this historic race. By acting now, you can choose one or both of the spectacular models featured here – Coupe or Convertible – precision replicas of the very cars that paced the 2008 Indianapolis 500® Mile Race. But you better hurry, as these models are strictly limited to just 5,000 each, worldwide.
The 2008 Indianapolis 500® was a unique and landmark year in Corvette® Pace Car history. This would be the 10th – and 5th consecutive – time that a Corvette® was used to pace this nostalgic event. No other car can lay claim to those attainments. 2008 also marked the 30th anniversary since the first Corvette® was used as a Pace Car in 1978. Additionally, this year would be the first time in Pace Car history that more than one car was used to start the race.
The 2008 Corvette® LS3 convertible would be one of the three Corvettes® selected to lead the 33 cars and drivers of the 92nd Indy 500® across the “Yard of Bricks.” To commemorate this 30th anniversary, the '08 LS3 convertible would be painted in basic black over silver checker-flag cove graphics and traditional Indianapolis 500® badges, reminiscent of its 1978 predecessor. However, appearance is where the similarities would end. Performance-wise, this car would literally be miles ahead of the first Corvette® Pace Car, with nearly twice the horsepower of the L82 and suspension and handling technology that was not even dreamed of in 1978. Additionally, the LS3 convertible was equipped with a 6-speed, clutchless paddle shift automatic-mode transmission. To add further distinction, the track car and limited edition replica cars that would be sold to the public would each be signed by two-time Indy 500® winner and world champion, Emerson Fittipaldi.
With all original track car-correct graphics and details like tonneau cover strobe lights, Simpson racing seat belts and fire extinguisher, The Franklin Mint is pleased to offer its faithful 1:24 scale die-cast replica to honor this historic event and unique automobile.
Limited Edition of 5,000 worldwide