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Old 10-22-2008, 12:36 PM   #1
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Default Ultra-rare 1963 Corvette Grand Sport coming up for auction



The 1963 Grand Sport Chassis 002 in George Wintersteen's #12 racing livery


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An American auction house will be selling off one of the rarest and most valuable Corvettes in history the mighty 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, chassis no. 002.

Often referred to as an enigma in motor racing history the Grand Sport was General Motor's contender to Ford's formidable Shelby Cobra. Envisioned by the 'father of the Corvette', the late Zora Arkus-Duntov, these top secret, hand-built]race cars were designed to win at FIA endurance races and ultimately the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Only five were built out of an expected 120 car run before GM canceled its competition activities in early 1964. Nevertheless, the extreme performance derived from high horsepower and lightweight construction realized Duntov's ultimate conception of the Corvette.

Now the multi-million dollar 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport (Chassis no. 002) with its original un-restored race body is being offered for the first time ever from RM Auctions. Previously owned by Roger Penske, the owner of Penske Racing, and successful racing driver George Wintersteen, 002 is one of just two roadsters produced out of the original five prototypes, making it even rarer than its siblings.

While the Grand Sports often had different engines, apparently the most potent powerplant was a 550hp (410kW) V8 unit. In a car as light as the Grand Sport - which had a target racing weight of just 1,800lb (818kg), this would have given the Grand Sport some serious performance credentials, in a straight line at least. Supposedly, the Grand Sport's aerodynamics were not completely honed for high-speed handling and could cause some hairy situations at times.

Keith Martin, Publisher of Corvette Market magazine describes the Grand Sport as "one of the most desirable Corvettes ever built. With its significant racing history, featuring a strong showing in the 1966 U.S. Road Racing Championship, it is the most important Corvette to ever be offered for sale publicly."
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Old 10-22-2008, 01:58 PM   #2
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This thing is going to pull big monies. Now the interesting thing is how much. We have seen Ferraris dominate the Auction blocks for years with their vintage race cars. This will be the ultimate comparison. Billed as the ultimate American sports car, this is the Ultimate Corvette from that point of view.

will it pull more than 2 million dollars? I would be curious. To me I would rather have a Ford GT40 any day myself.
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Old 10-22-2008, 02:55 PM   #3
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This will easily pull over 1 mill
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Old 10-22-2008, 03:09 PM   #4
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These things give me a boner. I saw a Grand Sport coupe when I was a kid at Lyme Rock in a historic race. Always loved the Grand Sport Corvettes.
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Old 10-22-2008, 03:12 PM   #5
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Old 10-22-2008, 04:04 PM   #6
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This will easily pull over 1 mill
Even in these hard economic times, I think it will pull over 3 mil. That car is amazingly rare and very desirable.
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Old 10-22-2008, 04:18 PM   #7
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Even in these hard economic times, I think it will pull over 3 mil. That car is amazingly rare and very desirable.

Many who will be looking to buy this car aren't really effected by what's going on in the economy.
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:46 PM   #8
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man i love the factory side exhaust
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:59 PM   #9
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I'll go out on a limb and say over 5 million.
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Old 10-22-2008, 10:38 PM   #10
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So guys, is this considered to be THE most valuable corvette?? I see it as being one of, but I'm curious as to whether there is one that stands out over everything.
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Old 10-22-2008, 11:38 PM   #11
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whoa... thats a badass vette.
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Old 10-23-2008, 12:58 AM   #12
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i like the tail lights hell i like the whole car but the tail lights are unique
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:30 AM   #13
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between 7.5 and 10 mil
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I personally do not see it going for much more than 2 million. Sorry, as much as I love old muscle, and historic race cars, its no Ferrari. And yes, that does matter.
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man i love the factory side exhaust
Nothing on this car came from the factory. Its was all hand built using Corvette blueprints for the body jig, but thats it. Zora Duntov built these things without GM's complete consent.

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So guys, is this considered to be THE most valuable corvette?? I see it as being one of, but I'm curious as to whether there is one that stands out over everything.
Pretty close, since it hasnt been restored. I would venture that this car would be more valuable than say, The Mako Shark or the Orginal Stingray concept simply because of its pedigree and racing history.

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i like the tail lights hell i like the whole car but the tail lights are unique
Taillights, and everything else on the car are the result of the build team trying to make the car as light weight as possible. The fiberglas is hand laid, and before paint was applied you could actually see through the body in some spots.


-->Likes Grand Sports, alot. Very sorry that GM canned the program before they made the 120 needed for homoglation (sp) into full time racing. These cars handed the Cobra's thier asses for a brief, but memorable time.
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I personally do not see it going for much more than 2 million. Sorry, as much as I love old muscle, and historic race cars, its no Ferrari. And yes, that does matter.
It's not about old muscle or historic race cars. The corvette is an American icon...and that '63 Corvette Grand Sport is a piece of Americana!

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Old 10-23-2008, 10:34 AM   #17
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yeah, I feel ya, but Americana last I checked does not sell for more than a piece of shiny red play things of a guy named Enzo.
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Old 10-23-2008, 10:51 AM   #18
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Didn't a 69 L88 recently sold for over 1 mill?
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Old 10-23-2008, 11:48 AM   #19
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Well, this 62 corvette race car with a lot less pedigree sold for $1.485 mil.

http://www.vettemarket.com/auctions/index.php?ID=117566
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Well we will see. I say it will clear 2 million, but not 3. I am standing by it. I could be wrong, and in that case, I would be pleasantly surprised.
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I heard from a good source recently, that this car, or one just like it, not sure if it was this exact one, sold for 7.5 million before. I'm curious to know what this one goes for!
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WOW, that's fantastic. I may be wrong. Hope I am.
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Old 10-24-2008, 03:24 PM   #23
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This will go for well over $10m. The greatest Corvette ever.

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Did a bit of googling, and found out that this car has been restored. More like rebuilt, I dont know what you would call it. The car in the picture is the "unrestored body", which is actually sitting on a dolly. The body that is on the car right now is a recreation. A damned fine one, but still. See link below:

http://www.grandsportcorvette.com/gs/gs002.htm
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