THE ONLY CORVETTE NOT MADE BY CHEVROLET: THE 1963 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT


Publish date: 2016-04-22 10:24:04
1963 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT

*Check out this classic “Chevrolet Corvette Parking Only” sign.*

Before the end of 1962, Zora Arkus Duntov had the dream of winning the 24 hours of Le Mans for the GT class. Zora Arkus Duntov was the chief engineer of Chevrolet and set out to build the ultimate car that would help achieve his dream. Duntov built his dream car in his own shop and named the project LightWeight. Before the car was fully completed, Chevrolet launched it as the Corvette Grand Sports. 5 Grand sports were built and after they were tested, the GM management cancelled the model and ordered them to be destroyed.

Superformance 1963 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT

Zora Arkus Duntov did not allow his masterpiece to be destroyed just like that. He secretly kept the first two cars and sent the other 3 to John Mecon in Houston, Texas. All three cars were sold in Texas to Delmo Johnson, Jim Hall, and Alan Sevadijian.

Delmo Johnson was known for racing Corvettes and in his last race in Sebring, he used Alan Sevadijian’s Grand Sport in March 1965. Duntov delivered the first ever racing big block engine to Johnson’s race team.

63 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT

Although most of the original five Grand Sports are now in museums, Superformance has given us the opportunity to see a brand new one in action. Under the blessings of Chevrolet, Superformance had the license to build a brand new Grand Sport.

With the original engineering blueprints and molds given by Chevrolet, Superformance is able to build the only licensed Corvette outside Chevrolet. The continuation of the 1963 Corvette Grand Sport has the same paint job as the one driven by Delmo Johnson in the 1965 Sebring race. The Grand Sport is street legal so you won’t have any problem cruising the road and leaving everyone you pass by in awe.

All parts use have the same specifications as the original but modern materials and techniques are used to build them. The Grand Sport has a tube frame chassis with a well detailed hands on fiberglass laminated body.

1963 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT interior

Your safety and comfort won’t be any problem as it has two solid doors, three-point seatbelts, power windows, great Air conditioning that works for all types of season. Everything looks and feels original that would fool a normal person to think that this is an original Grand Sports. Just having the chance to drive one would certainly an experience that will never be forgotten. Even though it is brand new, driving one makes you feel you are in a classic high performance car.

The engine is a V8 small block that sounds like any classic sports car should. The chassis has enough space to allow other engines GM’s LS-line crate engines (Starting price: $6,000), E-Rod V8 engines (Starting price: $9,000), or 592 horsepower Lingenfelter LS7 (427 ci) with a twin Holley EFI manifold ($22,000 plus a $10,500 installation) specific for the Grand Sports. With the Tremec T-56 6-speed manual transmission and the linear clutch engagement, you won’t have any problem shifting gear in high speed. It certainly has the feel of driving a classic sports car that went head to head with other classics in the 24 hours of Le Mans but is still as energy efficient and ecofriendly than modern cars.

*Check out this classic “Chevrolet Corvette Parking Only” sign.*

1963 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT smoking

The overall weight of the remade Grand Sport is similar to a stock Honda Civic. The power of the engines puts some pressure on the street legal Avon classic car tires that is put on the 15-inch Halibrand style center-lock magnesium wheels. Although modern tires are more reliable, it will take away the authentic look of the Grand sport and Avon classic is reliable enough to comply with the standard road safety. The Grand Sport is expected to reach a speed from 0 to 60 mph under 4 seconds.

Driving this beauty in the streets will certainly turn the heads of both classic car fans and normal people. Although they may not realize the rarity or the real value of this car, nevertheless they will now that this car is something not to be reckoned with. Very few people knew about the existence of the 1963 Corvette Grand Sports and thanks to Superformance, more and more people will be able to experience the beauty of this blue beast.

As magnificent and rare as it is, it would not be surprising for it to have a crazy price tag and it does. The TKM rolling chassis alone has a price tag of $99,000. And depending on the engine you want to install, a brand new Grand Sports can go as much as $164,020. That is indeed a crazy price tag but considering the last original 1963 Corvette Grand Sport was auction for $4.9 million, a $164,020 may not be such a crazy price tag especially if you get to see it first hand with its all its glory. That price tag will be all worth it to have such a legend in your own garage.

*Check out this classic “Chevrolet Corvette Parking Only” sign.*

Take a look at the remade Corvette Grand Sport in action in this video of Superformance first reveal. Get to see the European Corvette look with the power of an American muscle.

Reference:

http://www.motortrend.com/news/1963-superformance-corvette-grand-sport-review/

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