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1963 Grand Sport Corvette Kit Car

1963 Grand Sport Corvette Kit Car

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Kit Car Profile No. 8 1963 Grand Sport Corvette
"The Ultimate Could Have Been Corvette"

The 1963 Grand Sport is arguably the ultimate "could-have-been" Corvette. Had GM not pulled the plug, this 2,100 pound monster could have been a true snake-killer. But it wasn't to be.

Grand Sport's problem wasn't a lack of hardware or technical assistance, it was political. The problem began with the 1957 Automobile Manufacturers Association ban on factory-supported racing. At first, Ford, GM and Chrysler complied, but by 1960 Ford and Pontiac were developing racing programs despite the AMA ban. In June of 1962, Ford and Chrysler announced that they would ignore the AMA ban and openly develop racing programs.

At Chevrolet, Duntov was watching. Zora figured that if Pontiac was developing the Super Duty program, and other groups in Chevrolet were developing the Mark II Mystery Motor, he should be working on a real racing version of the 1963 Stingray. This specially developed, all-out race car would be homologated in the FIA as a GT Class production car.

To be "legal" in the FIA, Chevrolet had to make at least 100 cars to qualify as "production cars." Unfortunately, only five coupes were built. Two years later, two were made into open roadsters. The target weight was 1,900 pounds with an all-aluminum 377 small-block making 550 horsepower! This was an all-out, strictly racing, not-meant-for- public highways, 180-mph Cobra eater!

The body was almost stock except for the nose and rear window. After its initial outing in '63 the G.S. grew all sorts of flairs, scoops and bulges. Under the thin fiberglass body was a twin tube chassis with a stock independent rear and hand made front suspension. The interior looked stock, except for the racing bucket seats, roll cage, and 200 mph speedometer! The car's best effort was the 1963 Nassau Speed Week where they stunned the Shelby team and won!

GM axed the car in January 1963. The Grand Sports were sold and raced independently, and are now fully restored. Kit versions are so right on, it's easy to mistake a replicar for the real thing. However, replicars can be made streetable.

Printed on high quality tan-colored parchment paper using a Xante professional grade printer.

This print comes in one size:

11” x 17”

Print is shrink wrapped on 11.5" x 17.5" cardboard so that they stay flat and clean and shipped via USPS Priority Mail. All prints are signed by the artist. They make a wonderful gift for the car lover in your life!
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