NEW! Award 32: Donna Mae Mims’ 1979 Funeral Corvette – Sold!

Jan 2020 | Classifinds, Free For All Friday, NEW Award

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

If you don’t know the name, Donna Mae Mims, “The Pink Lady of Racing”, was the first women to win a Sports Car of America (“SCCA”) national championship in Class “H” in 1963.  After buying her first Corvette (a ’57) from Don Yenko Chevrolet, Donna Mae eventually ended up working for the famous dealership.  She was inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame posthumously in 2016.  Still doesn’t ring a bell?  Actress Adrianne Barbeau played Donna Mae’s character in the 1981 movie Cannonball Run after she participated in the 1973 race with an all-women-driver team.  Upon her death on October 6, 2009 after complications from a stroke, she requested her body be placed in the driver’s seat of a 1979 pink for visitation at her funeral.

We believe that very Corvette is what’s for sale on Craigslist in Venetia, Pennsylvania by the current caretaker for the ridiculous asking price of $99,500. Provenance aside, the #1 “Concours” value for a 1979 L48 Corvette on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool is currently $28,600.  With the current caretaker thinking the odd provenance of this 1979 Corvette deserves a nearly $71,000 premium, we’re awarding the seller our latest “NEW!” (short for “No Effin Way!”) for trying to get such an outrageous sum on a Craigslist post.  

Not only will Donna Mae’s portrait painted on the hood of this car likely get you questions from unknowing onlookers asking why you painted Marilyn Monroe on the hood of your Corvette, but the oddly torn-up passenger seat is also likely the collateral damage of getting Donna Mae’s embalmed corpse in and out of the driver’s seat of this C3 for her funeral.  If the thought of that combined with not having any fear of this car being haunted in any way, we wish you good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“For sale is the personal 1979 Corvette of famed Pink Lady of Racing, Donna Mae Mims. She was the first woman to win the SCCA championship in 1963. She was inducted into The National Corvette Museum Hall of Fame in 2016. She was also the secretary at Yenko Chevrolet in Canonsburg. The car is part of a private collection and is unrestored. The car is exactly the way it was when she drove it. Have original title in Donna Mae Mims name. Feel free to contact me for a detailed description, or if you have any question or would like any additional pictures. Thanks for looking.

Do you think this too much money for this ’79 Corvette? Do you have a Donna Mae story you would like to share?  Comment below and let us know!


  1. Anonymous

    The paragraph comment about the passenger seat was not necessary … we belonged to the same Corvette club STCC … Donna Mae was an amazing, sweet LADY ! In her pink outfits and pink sneakers she was truly special and I was privileged to have known her.

    • Guys with Rides

      There’s no doubt in our minds Donna Mae was a great lady whom we wish we had the privilege of meeting and we absolutely meant no disrespect to either her, her family, or her fellow Corvette enthusiasts. However, as we do with all cars we feature we try to comment honestly on observations of the vehicle’s condition that others might glance over. One might expect that kind of wear on the driver’s seat, not the opposite side. Regardless, with the seller asking a $70K premium over a typical concours-condition ’81 Corvette example (do you know whether he sold the car?), we doubt anyone would fault him for spending two thousand dollars to have the seats reupholstered to improve the presentation and eliminate that question being an issue. I think we all can agree that would have been in better taste.

  2. Fran

    Any word if this one sold, family member in Arizona inquiring?

    • Guys with Rides

      Sorry, unfortunately the seller only provided an email link via Craigslist to contact them so we don’t have another way of contacting them to confirm.


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