2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Vin: 1G1YU2DW7A5108839 Current miles: 41,636 Dark Grey with Black Interior Two sets of keys Built: 2010, Bowling Green Assembly Plant Trim Package: Z16 Engine: 6.2L LS3 V-8 Well in excess of 550 horsepower as modded Texas Speed Stage III Camshaft Koots headers with full Borola exhaust system Professionally tuned K&N Air intake Transmission: Factory Automatic 6 Speed Transmission Current Condition 2 new rear tires - All new front and rear slotted rotors with ceramic brake pads New high flow radiator Factory Original rims – powder coated gloss black C7 Sideskirts – painted metallic black Front aftermarket splitter - painted metallic black New rockguards Freshly applied new ceramic paint coating with 7 year application ******************** A brief history of the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, which has gone from race special, to trim package, to the performance sweet spot of any given 'Vette lineup over the years. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport: Paving the Way As with most great things Corvette-related, Zora Arkus-Duntov played a key role in the creation of the first Corvette Grand Sport. The Corvette program's first-ever chief engineer, Arkus-Duntov injected his motorsports background directly into Chevy's sports car. In 1955, he successfully pushed for the 4.3-liter small block V-8 to be added to the Corvette, giving it V-8-power for the first time, and skirting GM's racing ban helped privateers race these Corvettes at the 24 hours of Le Mans. This is why Arkus-Duntov is known as the father of the Corvette. With the launch of the C2 Corvette in 1963, Arkus-Duntov seized the opportunity to build a race-capable Corvette from the ground up. Designed to compete with the "grand sports cars" of Europe, the 1963 Corvette Grand Sport was built from Day One with endurance racing in mind. It featured a lightweight 550-hp (SAE Gross) 6.2-liter V-8 (and that's underrated) plumbed to a 36-gallon fuel tank and bolted to a four-speed manual that spun power to a posi-traction rear end. The 1963 Corvette Grand Sport also had uprated shocks and springs and heavy-duty power brakes. If you're wondering why you hadn't heard of the 1963 Corvette Grand Sport, that's likely because they're exceedingly rare. GM halted production after five were built due to its motorsports ban. Arkus-Duntov, nonetheless, reportedly slipped them out the door to privateers. Price? Millions and millions of dollars. Figure $8,000,000 if one were to go up for auction today, not that they ever do. It would be 33 years until the Grand Sport returned to the Corvette line. Limited to 1,000 units (810 coupes and 190 convertibles), the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport was a final send-off to the C4 Corvette. Unlike its C2 predecessor, the C4 Corvette Grand Sport was largely a badge and trim package with patriotic blue paint, a wide, white racing stripe, and red hash marks on the front fenders. Under the hood, the Corvette Grand Sport featured the same powertrain as found in that year's Corvette Collector Edition: an LT4 5.7-liter V-8 producing 330 hp and 340 lb-ft of torque, paired with a six-speed manual. More of a decent footnote than a real Grand Sport. After skipping a generation, the Corvette Grand Sport returned for 2010 in the C6. This generation's Corvette Grand Sport was a hybrid of sorts between your run-of-the-mill Corvette Z51 and the high-performance Corvette Z06. From the Corvette Z51, it got upgraded spring rates, closer gear ratios (six-speed manual models), and a shorter final drive (six-speed auto versions). From the latter, it got the Z06's wide body kit, anti-roll bars, and brakes. It also featured an LS3 6.2-liter V-8, which, on manual versions, was hand-built to accommodate the dry-sump oiling system scavenged from the Corvette Z06 and ZR1. Producing 436 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque, the Corvette Grand Sport was
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