Only serious Corvette fans apply.
The original 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport program was initiated in response to one specific competitor: Ford and its partnership with Carroll Shelby, which resulted in the original Shelby Cobra. Zora Arkus-Duntov, the famed godfather of the Corvette, recognized the need for GM to respond but executives were not interested.
So Arkus-Duntov did what he had to do: he kept the program a secret. Intending to build 125 examples, only five were made because his secret got exposed and the program ended. In hindsight, GM made a stupid mistake and the Ford-Shelby relationship prospered for the next several years, eventually leading to a three-year winning streak at Le Mans. Those five Grand Sport examples are now owned by private collectors and are, needless to say, worth millions. But in 2005, the Duntov Motor Company decided it was time to build a recreation of that icon and, four years later, GM gave them official permission to do so. Now, one has come up for sale.
The company managed to obtain a set of original blueprints and molds used to make Grand Sport No. 2. The resulting continuation cars are about as authentic as you can get, and the first one built happens to be for sale. Worldwide Auctioneers is currently offering GS011 for someone else to enjoy. And yes, it was actually raced.
The company states that "Like every other Duntov Continuation Grand Sport, GS011 has an original 2011 Duntov Grand Sport frame and suspension and both are wicked stiff. GS011 was our first Grand Sport roadster and was a spectacular success. We raced it for two seasons and won virtually every race we entered." It's powered by Gen 5-427 V8 crate engine with 480 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque, with power sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.
Originally, GS011 had an all-aluminum 460-cubic-inch V8 with over 875 hp, but it was later removed to make the car easier to handle on the road. Yes, it's now fully street-legal. Other modifications done for street use include rewired taillights, turn signals, and a new gauge cluster. Other items included two wheel and tire sets (one being for racing), headlight covers, a front ground spoiler, and the original racing windshield. The interior sports racing seats and a stereo, and there's even a weatherproof car cover. The exterior is painted in Sunoco Blue and those brand decals are ultra-cool.
Those interested in placing a bid can already register to do so, but we currently don't have a starting price, or if there's even a reserve.