Having such a limited number of originals, the gs became a prime candidate for reproduction. Although completely new, the 1963 c2 corvette proved to be not a very suitable base for a gt racing car to compete with the cobra.
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Corvette grand sport 1963 specs. In 1963, five lightweight grand sports racers were built using the stingray base. Late gs #003 l88 traco inspired engine compartment. The grand sport moniker was a nod to the original grand sport model produced in 1963.
Superformance 1963 chevrolet corvette grand sport: 1963 corvette grand sport, d&d gs lightweight chassis #48 completed around 1996, real 63 regular corvette vin/title. A number of other lightweight components were utilized to reduce overall weight to about 800 pounds less than the production coupe.
V8 that produced over 550 hp. 1963 chevrolet corvette grand sport roadster chassis no. There were only five 1963 chevrolet corvette grand sports ever built.
It is in unrestored, original condition. The 1963 chevrolet corvette grand sport is powered by a v8 engine, with a wheelbase spanning 98 inches and weight of 2,150 pounds. They gave cobra drivers fits, with powerful and exotic.
These racers were impressive but were never produced again. Chevrolet released the grand sport (gs) version in 1996 to mark the end of production of the c4 corvette. Ford was the first of the three to drop the pact with their open support for carroll shelby's cobra racers in 1962.
More information about these cars soon. The original corvette grand sport race cars were targeted for the 1963 le mans race. Its body design would find its way onto the second generation corvette.
The colorful history surrounding the 1963 grand sport corvettes — both inside and outside of gm — is part of what makes them so attractive to enthusiasts and valuable to corvette historians. Initially the grand sport project was known simply as the lightweight. Fully licensed by gm and eligible for the corvette grand sport registry, the superformance grand sport is exact in nearly every detail to the original.
Only one problem, gm's corporate ban on sanctioned racing. The grand sport was a lightweight version of the 1963 model featuring an aluminum block 377 cid v8 engine that developed more than 550 horsepower. Ford was the first of the three to drop the pact with their open support for carroll shelby's cobra racers in 1962.
Gm’s engineer zora duntov, the father of all performance corvettes, knew a lighter stingray would be needed immediately and thus the grand sport was conceived. Frustrated by getting dominated across america by the shelby cobra, chevrolet engineer and corvette godfather zora arkus duntov set out to build a new lighter corvette with the goal of beating those pesky cobras. The name “grand sport” has a special meaning that many corvette lovers understand.
Although completely new, the 1963 c2 corvette proved to be not a very suitable base for a gt racing car to compete with the cobra. This is one of the most important corvettes in existence. The frame was slightly stiffer than the 1963 corvette production frame and was 94 lb (43 kg) lighter.
Unfortunately, production of the grand sport was halted at five as gm’s management increased their enforcement of the ama racing ban. The superformance 1963 corvette grand sport is the only car manufactured outside of gm that's allowed to labeled a corvette. There’s a lot more to ron brown’s 1963 corvette sting ray.
All of the cars are now prized items in collections, and their value encompasses more zeros than most calculators can fathom. $99,000 (minus engine/transmission) as tested : There were only five grand sports built by gm, two of which were converted to roadsters.
1963 superformance corvette grand sport. A total of 1,000 gs corvettes were produced, 810 as coupes and 190 as convertibles. In 1963, the ‘big three’ were restricted from racing due to a ban on official race programs by the american manufacturer’s association (ama).
Reconfiguration from prior early sbc 377 that was built for this car in 96 and shown nationally since then. Its body design would find its way onto the second generation corvette.