By Paul Rachwal
Wednesday, Oct 31st, 2012 @ 12:30 pm
 

Another find at SEMA was this 427 Convertible Collector Edition that reportedly belongs to celebrity chef Guy Fieri. The customized car blends parts from Chevy's Corvette ZR1 and Z06 bins to become the most powerful convertible Corvette to date as it marks Corvette's 60th anniversary and celebrates the blond-haired TV cook.

The car is powered by a hand-built, 7.0-liter LS7 with 500 horsepower and a 7,000RPM redline. The Z06 motor gets a dry-sump oil system while the battery has been relegated to the trunk. It gets mated to a six-speed manual with a Launch Control mode and rides on Magnetic Selective Ride Control shocks for a balance in ride and handling. The lightweight 19-inch Cup Wheels up front and 20-inch rear Cup wheels hide six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes with cross-drilled rotors, also cribbed from the Z06 production line.

Otherwise, the car's black and yellow paintjob matches the rest of Fieri's Chevy garage. The hood, fenders, splitters, and rockers are made of carbon fiber like on the Z06, with Guy Fieri stripes and graphics found on the body, along with Guy Fieri Foundation embroidering on the seatbacks. 60th anniversary accessories are also found in the interior, in the form of floor mats, a console lid, and trunk mat.