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The YouTuber is currently weighing whether to accept the unexpected offer for her record-setting Corvette she built.

Emelia Hartford C8 Chevrolet Corvette Drag Strip

YouTuber, car builder, and racer Emelia Hartford has been in the headlines a lot of late, first for driving her Chevrolet C8 Corvette to a world speed record for that automobile class, then recapturing the crown once again after competitor FuelTechUSA briefly grabbed the title from her. But that wasn’t the end of the story for the vehicle that vaulted her to the speed summit. In a video released Sunday, Hartford took a call from high-profile modders West Coast Exotics who approached her with news that someone the company does business with wanted to purchase that Corvette.

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“I have a client of mine who has bought quite a few cars from us that has expressed a lot of interest in the C8,” said the caller. “It’s an offer that you really need to consider and you should come down and talk about it.” The West Coast Exotics rep didn’t reveal at the time who the client was or how much money was being talked about. Still, Hartford was gobsmacked over the prospect and agreed to meet with the client at the garage’s location just south of Los Angeles, since she was slated to attend a friend’s wedding in the area.

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The call that came out of the blue had Hartford weighing her options, since she’s grown to be so emotionally attached to the Corvette, she calls it Phoenix. And she’s obviously put a lot of money into the car that in its quest to snare the speed record has worn out several auto parts, broke several more, and even caught fire on one occasion. It’s been a labor of love for Hartford to get twin-turbo LT2 engine up to speed and recapture the record after registering a personal-best 9.36-second result earlier in June.

Record-Breaking C8 Needs New Clutches

Emelia Hartford record-breaking C8 Corvette rolls into garage

Emelia Hartford record-breaking C8 Corvette rolls into garage

Once she shows up at the garage, it doesn’t take long to get into negotiations with the unknown purchaser via a mobile speakerphone. The original pitch is $180,000, which Hartford really has to think about. “Just to be completely transparent with you,” she replied, “it is the world’s fastest C8 Corvette, but it does need new clutches right now.” So far, not an issue.

Before clutches, Hartford deduces that when factoring in the purchase price of Phoenix plus the costs of turning it into a speedy contender, the C8 would be worth $150,000. But she still wants to do more with the Corvette, such as cracking the nine-second barrier.

Offer Hanging In The Balance

Emelia Hartford poses with her record-breaking C8 Corvette

Emelia Hartford poses with her record-breaking C8 Corvette

“I’m not tired of building this car yet,” mused Hartford.

“I love driving it, I love racing it, and I love the fact that it’s such a modern platform where I’m constantly learning something new every time I work on her and the more we build her. I think it’s something I’m going to have to think about. I don’t know, maybe you guys think I’m crazy.”

Obviously, to be continued.

Source: Emelia Hartford

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