Fifteen years ago, all five Grand Sport Corvettes gathered at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance event.
Dateline: 8-2-18 (Photo Credit – AutoWeek) This was arguably the first time ALL FIVE 1963 Grand Sport Corvettes were all together in one place. Perhaps “once” after all five Grand Sports were built in the last months of 1962, all five cars might have been together, but there’s no documentation. So, it only took 50 years for all five Grand Sports to be in one place and be formally documented.
Zora Arkus-Duntov wanted to build 125 Grand Sports to be homologated as “production” Corvettes, available through local Chevrolet dealerships. Imagine that! And, Duntov also wanted to take a team of Grand Sports to Le Mans. Ahh, it could have been so cool!
No sooner had the Grand Sports been completed, word got up to the top level of GM and Duntov’s racing program came to a screeching halt. From there, Duntov lent out three of the five Grand Sports to privateers, but without proper development, the cars’ performance was spotty. The best showing was a class win at the 1964 12 Hours of Sebring.
AutoWeek published the Amelia Island Grand Sport Reunion story by William Jeanesin July 2003, 15-years ago. To celebrate this anniversary, they made the article available via a downloadable PDF document that you get HERE.
What is most amazing is that all five cars survive. Duntov would be very happy. Enjoy! – Scott
Grand Sport #005 print is available in our Amazon.com store, HERE.