Sunday, March 11, 2018

Corvette Grand Sport

"Grand Sport"

In late 1962 Corvette was being developed into a car that would do battle with Shelby's Cobra. Bowtie fans and racers were ecstatic! However, the Cobra was about 1,000 pounds lighter. Zora Arkus-Duntov, father of the Corvette, and others at Chevrolet launched a plan of building 125 ultra light Corvettes called the Grand Sport. By building 125 cars, the Grand Sport would qualify as a GT production car under the international racing rules. In the end, the five Grand Sports weighed in at about 1,900 lbs., about 1,350 lbs. lighter than a stock Corvette coupe. Sadly, the General Motors front office stopped the program. When the cease and desist order came down, those five Grand Sports had already been completed and were to become collector cars after doing some track time. The Grand Sport pictured above was built by Superformance. Check their site out.

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