Just a few days ago we featured a very special one-of-seven Corvette C6 that was up for auction on Bring a Trailer. Known as the Pratt & Miller C6RS Corvette, this 600 hp beast has now sold for $366,099 including buyers’ premium, and there are a few good reasons why that’s a reasonable price.
Pratt and Miller aren’t just a couple of guys in a shed installing big motors in Corvettes, it’s a massive race car company responsible for bringing multiple wins to the Corvette racing team. Since 1999, Pratt and Miller have been making regular Corvettes into race-winning machines, and the C6RS is about as close as you can get to one without sacrificing your license plate.
The Pratt & Miller Corvette C6RS is a milestone for modern performance cars and marks a turning point for LS-powered sports cars. When the model was unveiled in 2006, the market for aftermarket LS parts wasn’t as huge as it is in 2022, which caused Pratt and Miller to use a completely custom engine built by Katech. The 500-cubic-inch V8 (8.2-liters!) was hewn out of a billet aluminum block sourced from Dart and featured a massive 4.5-inch stroke. Producing 600 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque at the time, there’s no doubt that much more power could be extracted from the combination if desired.
While this Corvette begs to be driven – hard, not many opportunities were taken to do so. The odometer shows just 206 miles from new, and unless it was put up on jack stands and run in reverse, that is the true mileage. The reason for the impeccable condition could also be attributed to the vehicle’s first owner, which was Ken Lingenfelter, owner of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.
The original purchase price of the Pratt & Miller C6RS Corvette was $250,000, which included the cost of the Z06 donor car. In today’s money, that is about $357,000. With a sale price so close to the original purchase price, this could be a signal that performance cars of the 2000s are starting to be in vogue, and that people are turning away from the electric future in favor of the gasoline past.