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Address: Santa Monica, CA Body Style: 2d Coupe
Car Class: Classic / Antique
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1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE GRAND SPORT, In the summer of 1962 Chevrolet Engineering and Zora Arkus-Duntov and his team began building a special light weight Corvette in a clandestine way that Chevrolet hierarchy never new was happening. By November and December of 1962 Grand Sport #1 was taking place in a windowless cubicle at Chevrolet Engineering Center. The idea was to build 125 world beater race cars. It was to have massive horsepower and super light weight. Liberties were taken with the body to accommodate as big a tyre as could be fitted at the time with Halibrand magnesium wheels. Chevrolet who had signed an agreement along with the other Big 3 started getting wind of the existence of the Grand Sport. The next thing the Axe fell on the program after the parts for only 5 cars had been assembled and before any major development work had been completed for the new ?special engine?. Rather than becoming expensive museum pieces two cars were lent to very good friends of the Division who could be counted on to put the cars to good use. In 1963 these people campaigned them with limited success. Being blocked by GM policy from building 100 Grand Sports Chevrolet Engineering still wanted to show Ford what they would be up against if Chevrolet seriously raced. To do this they utilized one young John Mecum Jr. and his Mecum Racing Team to take the cars to Nassau Speed week. They got back the two cars on loan and made a third car. Arriving a day before the event these cars were ready to race. Chevrolet engineers were there in force, supposedly on vacation, to make sure there cars did the job. Although having a few problems the cars showed well, on day 1they took front row grid positions. The next race was 3rd, 4th and 6th, the nearest Cobra 8th. In the final race and running 3rd and 4th they had to stop a few times to have there hoods taped down and ended the day in 4th and 8th, the best Cobra in 7th. There point had been made and this is the history that created this incredible car as a tribute to these Corvettes. Power in this car is an LS1 Corvette motor with Stage 2 Patriot LS6 heads and intake manifold giving a dyno rated 414.68 horsepower at the rear wheels. It has 1996 model Corvette front suspension and ZR-1 rear suspension. The gearbox is a 6-speed and the wheels are Halibrand with 17x8?s at the front and 18x10.5?s at the rear. It is a complete custom built tube chassis of the same style as the original cars. Comfort features include power windows, air conditioning, 10 disc CD and BMW leather interior. It is an incredible vehicle and at www.lateral-g.net/sidelnyk you can actually see the construction of this car. Finished in Silver with a Royal Blue racing stripe over the top and a superb matching Blue and Grey interior.
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