1963 Grand Sport, the Great American Supercar
In early 1962, Corvette Chief Engineer Zora Arkus Duntov began top secret work on a Corvette purpose-built race car to win Sebring and Le Mans and more specifically -- to put an end to the humiliating losses Chevrolet had suffered at the hands of Carrol Shelby and his Cobras. And if the Ferraris and Fort GT 40's were also left in the dust, so much the better.
The all mighty 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport is often referred to as one the most fascinating enigmas in motor racing annals and certainly the most valuable. As General Motor's contender to Ford's by Advertisement venerable Shelby Cobra, the Grand Sport reached mythical proportions by taking on other fierce competitors such as the Ferrari GTO, the Ford GT40 and the Chaparrals. Grand Sport to look like a production car — in this case, their brand new Sting Ray. Duntov and his Corvette engineers reckoned that it would take 600 horsepower to push the Sting Ray up the straight at Le Mans at a competitive top speed, 4-wheel disc brakes to slow it down, and a vehicle weight of 1800 lbs. to achieve competitive lap times. Chevrolet submitted papers for FIA recognition of the Grand Sport early in 1963, promising to have built 100 examples between July 7, 1962 and June 1, 1963 (Le Mans was on June 15-16 in 1963), but the papers were hastily withdrawn when the Corporation pulled the plug on the racing program. More info see: CAR & DRIVER MAGAZINE
Motor and trans are used and have 75 miles on them. Rear gear ratio is 4:11. The Car will weigh approx. 2800 lbs. We will build it to look as close to the original as possible. A new 2012 Corvette LS9 engine will be installed shortly. With a few simple engine modifications we will be able to produce 750HP :)