Get Your Classic Corvette Fix With The Superformance Revival Grand Sport

It's a glorious gift to old-school 'Vette fans.
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Once upon a time there was a special race-ready version of the 1963 Corvette built by Chevrolet for the express purpose of winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans

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It was called the Grand Sport, and unfortunately, only five cars of a planned production run of 125 were built before the evil suits from headquarters intervened and killed the project. 

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And now, naturally, those beloved old race cars are exceedingly rare and expensive. 

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Photo: Superformance

Fortunately, there's a solution if you're feeling the need for one of these electric blue steeds. Superformance, of Irvine, Calif., can build you a brand new one for $164,000, thanks to the new low-volume manufacturer law that permits construction of modern replicas of classic cars like the 1963 Corvette Grand Sport.

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Photo: Superformance

That gets you a 100 percent accurate hand-laminated fiberglass body with reinforcing inserts for durability, finished with a two-stage car show-quality paint job.

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Inside, the steering wheel, pedals, shifter and hand brake are all original style. But there is available air conditioning and power windows that never appeared in the original race cars.

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Photo: Superformance

Underneath, there is a strong, modern racing-style tubular steel frame in place of the old car's flexible ladder frame, and Wilwood vented disc brakes, to the Superformance can actually stop.

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Photo: Superformance

Authentic-style 15-inch wheels are standard equipment, but staggered 17-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels are optional if you want to give the car an updated stance. In either case, they remain the original knock-off style with center spinners securing them in place of the usual lug nuts, for quicker tire changes during pit stops.

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Photo: Superformance

Superformance turns to acknowledged engine wizard John Ligenfelter for the 592-horsepower General Motors LS7 small block V8 engine and bolts it to a Tremec T-56 six-speed manual transmission for that real, '60s, shift-it-yourself experience.

Hopefully Superperformance will built many more of these beauties than Chevy ever did.

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