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Callaway Of the Month February '04

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Luis Suau's 1991 Callaway Corvette

This month, we are featuring a very unique Callaway owned by Luis Suau (also known as Turbo Luigi). Luigi has owned his Callaway for a couple of years and since purchasing it, he has been very involved in what he considers to be a very fun hobby – Callaways J

For Luigi it all started after selling one of his two 1987 Buick GNX's.  "I remembered that the only thing American that could touch the Grand Nationals in the late 80's were the famous Callaway Twin Turbo Corvettes. But honestly, I didn't know too much about them. After doing a bit or research, I was in awe over the engineering work done for the turbos, the mean look of the intercoolers, and I absolutely fell in love with the Aerobody cars. I knew I had to have one and it had to be a convertible."

Luigi had seen various ads for Callaways but as it turned out he had a business trip to LA where several Callaways were for sale at Corvette Mike. They had a black 87 coupe, turquoise 91 Aerobody convertible, and the Yellow pearlscent Speedster.

"Honestly, the ad for the turquoise 91 wasn't the most appealing and I never went with the intention to buy her but, when I saw the car in person and I drove her, I knew I was not leaving without her. The pictures I had seen had not done the car any justice." With a deal made, off to South Florida she was shipped.

Luigi's car is a 1991 Turquoise Convertible, #26 of 62. He is the second owner. The car was delivered new from Callaway to Anderson Chevrolet in Menlo Park, California. When he bought her in 2000, she had just over 10K miles. Luigi says that he had the most pleasant surprise during the purchasing process. Corvette Mike put him in contact with Callaway Cars in Old Lyme, CT. Joanne Mercer as always, was very friendly and offered to send me whatever paperwork was available on the car he was buying. It was then that the best surprise of all was discovered.

In 1993, the prior owner had sent the car back to Callaway for a 475 HP (634 Ft. Lb Torque) upgrade. His car had the same engine upgrades that had been installed in the Speedsters, a nearly $10K upgrade from its 1991 price of $100,884. His car also sports the same OZ 3 piece wheels optioned with Speedsters, which Corvette Mike had chromed. The car also has a ZF 6 speed manual transmission, Adjustable Ride Suspension, a Bose Concert Sound system, and rare optional hardtop as well.

"Since then I have not only enjoyed the pleasures of this magnificent car but I have become a complete Callaway fan. In 2002, I drove her from so. Florida to/from the Callaway Reunion at Corvettes at Carlisle and occasionally reunite with the Callaway Owners Group to talk, share, and photograph these awesome cars."

It should be mentioned, that Luigi’s B2K was selected by Corvette Mike, at the 2002 Callaway Reunion at Carlisle, for his “Celebrity pick” award. Luigi’s Callaway was one of a select few cars picked to parade around the grounds and receive this distinguished award out of all the Corvettes on the “Fun Field”.

Luigi, continue to enjoy your Callaway as you have – yours is indeed, a “Powerfully Engineered Automobile” J

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