This is the 1956 Corvette SR-2 'Sebring Racer,' the first purpose-built Corvette racer GM ever made. Now it's going up for sale for $6.885 million.

The Corvette SR-2 was not the first Corvette to enter a race, but it was the first Corvette GM built for the purpose of racing. Three SR-2s were built (DuPont Registry, which is selling the car, claims this is the first of the three) as a response to some private Corvette racing entries.

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This thing went straight from the production line to GM's Styling Studio for new brakes, new suspension, new front bodywork, new cooling vents, and that big stabilizer fin down the rear.

As the car raced in SCCA competition, it got a number of further modifications, with a beefy four-speed, fiberglass body panels, and a 5.4 liter (331ci) fuel-injected V8.

It's understandable why this car is seen as so important in Corvette history. it doesn't hurt that it's gorgeous and flawlessly restored as well.

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Find the original listing for the car right here at DuPont Registry and see it in person at Scottsdale Sport & Classic Autocars from January 12-14.

Photo Credits: DuPont Registry