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“Corvette Oddball!” Grumpy’s Toy – A Corvette?

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Grumpy’s Toy- A Corvette?

by K. Scott Teeters

Hey! No mailbox hood scoop and Lakewood traction bars???

Hey! No mailbox hood scoop and Lakewood traction bars???

Question: Is the “Grumpy” Corvette for real?

Answer: I’m going to make a broad assumption that everyone reading this knows who Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins is. If not, we’re going to have to suspend your drivers license for a month while you take Muscle Car and Nostalgia Drag Racing Sensitivity Training Classes. Test at the end.

But seriously folks, Bill Jenkins is a true living legend, right up there with Zora Arkus-Duntov, A.J. Foyt, Don Garlits, and lots more. Da’ Grump doesn’t live too far from the Carlisle Fairgrounds – just up the PA Turnpike a ways. Back in 2007at the Corvettes at Carlisle Show,  it seemed that the bright guys from K. C. Kerbeck, in Atlantic City, NJ thought it would be a lot of fun to dress up an out of the box, $44,950 Corvette with a few official Corvette accessory items, add some stripes, letter the car with “Grumpy”  and “JENKINS/KERBECK” graphics. Then, to really send up the flag, they got the grumpy one himself to come by on Saturday, sign autographs, and grunt through endless bench racing stories.

Kerbeck wanted to celebrate the Corvette’s new “base” engine, the 430-horsepower, all-aluminum LS3. Remember when the all-aluminum ZL-1 seemed exotic? Now “all-aluminum” is stock. And that 430-horsepower figure is “net” horsepower. Back in the golden days, power ratings were based on “gross” dynamometer reading. That is, readings without a fan, mufflers, alternator, power steering pump, etc. That means that if the famous old ’67 – ’69 L-71 427/435 engine (the solid-lifter version with the 3×2 carb setup and the triangle air cleaner), the net power rating would have been somewhere in the high 300-range. But unlike the old L-71 beasty, ther LS3 is so trackable and easy to drive, your Mom could drive to the flower shoppe in your Vette.

The F.C. Kerbeck guys also added the official Corvette accessory stripes, wheels, and rear spoiler. So, to answer the initial question, was the Grumpy Corvette “real” or not… yes, it’s a real car, but no, it’s not for sale.

But I’m sure that if it was for sale,  someone would have bought it.

Too cool!

PS – Don’t let that “Grumpy” thing fool you. He’s a pussy cat.

Da "Grump" himself.

Da "Grump" himself.

Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins 1968 Pro Stock Camaro - Unbeatable!

Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins 1968 Pro Stock Camaro - Unbeatable!

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For “Grumpy” Bill Jenkins artwork, CLICK HERE for Pro Stock  Drag Racing Art.

and great 70’s Pro Stock Videos.

Got a “Corvette Oddball” factoid that you’d like to share? Zip me off an e-mail at, lightoak@comcast.net and I’ll include it in the next post here at www.CorvetteReport.com.

Corvettte Art  by K. Scott Teeters at www.illustratedcorvetteseries.com

2008 Production Corvette by K. Scott Teeters

2008 Production Corvette by K. Scott Teeters

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K.  Scott Teeters aka "The Dude"

K. Scott Teeters aka "The Dude"

Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins 1968 Pro Stock Camaro by K. Scott Teeters

Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins 1968 Pro Stock Camaro by K. Scott Teeters

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