Few factory-produced Corvette’s hold more prominence than the 1963 Corvette Grand Sport.
Back in the early 1960’s, Zora Arkus-Duntov, the
grandfather “godfather” of the Corvette, wanted to create a Corvette for the track but GM brass were vehemently against the idea.
However, being the general badass that he was, Zora went and created five Corvette Grand Sports in secret. And what he produced is arguably one of the best-looking and best-sounding Corvettes ever made. Ever.
Just five cars were ever made, two of which were roadsters. When GM got wind of the program they immediately shut it down, crushing Zora’s dreams. Luckily, they didn’t crush the Grand Sport.
Aside from its rarity, the Grand Sport is quite possible one of the most insane Corvettes ever made. Its 427 cubic-inch L88 develops between 500-600hp and an amazing 1,000 lbs lighter than road-going Corvettes of the period. With more power and significantly less weight it’s no surprise this thing gets squirrely in about 0.2 seconds.
Luckily, one of these one of the roadsters is on display at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, PA.
The best part? Twice a month the museum takes several cars from their ridiculously valuable collection and drives them outside for spectators to see and hear.
And that’s exactly what we have for you below: The awesome, bowel-shaking roar of an unrestored ’63 Grand Sport roadster.
Anyone got a spare plane ticket to Pennsylvania lying around?