The Suisse Racer is a purpose-built race-proven GM export Corvette big block coupe, VIN 194375S115982. It was delivered new to GM Auto Koch in Luzern, Switzerland in 1965 and raced by the original owner Guido Wermelinger.
A freshened-up 396 ci, 500 hp 4-speed engine reside in this beast of a time capsule with special heavy duty suspension and period factory aluminum heads among this Corvette’s many pearls. The Suisse Racer is ready for the track from the interior (roll bar, race seats, and harnesses) to the subtle racing red paint scheme that is suprisingly understated.
ProTeam Corvette brought this storied Corvette out of hibernation and immediately tested its heart on the track during the MAMA (Midwest Automotive Media Association) event May 2nd, 2007 at Road America, Elkhart Lake Wisconsin. The Suisse racer received rock star treatment as it delighted the more than 60 leading automotive journalists and other VIP’s gathered to test-drive vehicles at the Road America raceway during the two-day event. It performed like a champion.
The Corvette now sits on display in Napoleon. What has set this Corvette apart is the European race history and the General Motors S.A. Bienne body/trim/engine/trim plate that is installed alongside the original VIN plate and St. Louis body/trim plate. What this elusive Corvette is missing are the historical footnotes that would allow this car its rightful spot among some the best in the marque.
If you have information on this Suisse Racer’s owner and/or race history, photos, import documentation, homologation information, FIA records, etc., let me know. Your efforts will not go unrecognized.