Southern California based Superformance LLC is best known for their realistic recreations of the Shelby Cobra and the Ford GT40. Teaming up with the Duntov Motor Company, they have recently been granted the production rights to recreate the coupe and convertible street version rollers of the iconic 1963 Corvette Grand Sport.
In 1962 Zora Arkus-Duntov and the Corvette engineering team launched an ambitious program to build 125 lightweight Corvette racecars that would take on Carrol Shelby and his Cobras at the elite tracks around the world including Sebring and Le Mans. After the five prototypes were built, GM caught wind of the secret program and put the kybosh on it immediately, but not before the five prototypes were sold out the back door. These original five Grand Sports are now worth millions and the chances of you ever owning one are now very slim
In 2005, the Duntov Motor Company set out to recreate the race version of the 1963 Corvette Grand Sport. After turning out a few lightweight prototypes and winning a number of events with them, GM awarded the Farmers Branch, TX company the continuation rights to build authentic race and street versions of the Corvette Grand Sport. Duntov will continue to build the race versions and have teamed up with Superformance to build the street version rollers.
Duntov/Superformance have gone to great lengths to create the most authentic version the Grand Sports. Having acquired a set of original blue prints and molds created from the original #2 Corvette Grand Sport, Superformance is now ready to begin building Coupe and Convertible versions that are licensed by GM.
The design of the Grand Sport chassis allows owners to select their drive train from virtually any GM crate option available. The first completed street version rollers will be available in the US in mid-2010.
The Official Press Release from Superformance, LLC
ICONIC CORVETTE GRAND SPORT REBORN
Glories of yesteryear were conceived when General Motors licensed a Californian specialist sports car partnership in early 2009 to resume production of the iconic Corvette Grand Sport, arguably GM’s most prestigious track racer ever.
Duntov/Superformance LLC lost no time in turning opportunity into reality, and Duntov immediately began production of the race version of the 1963 Grand Sport, which has already raced and won a number of events this year.
Now the street version of this popular 1960′s muscle car will follow with the series production of a Turn Key Minus chassis by Superformance. The original Grand Sport – intended to be a “Cobra Killer” – was built by General Motors under the watchful eyes of Zora Arkus Duntov, GM’s chief engineer at the time.
The value of a continuation model and that of a historic original is encapsulated in its authenticity. Superformance went to great lengths to ensure that the new street version would be as like the original Grand Sport as two peas are in a pod, having acquired the original blue prints and molds off the original #2 Grand Sport.
With only five originals ever built, the Superformance Grand Sport will give buyers the opportunity to own a piece of GM’s rich history. What makes this street version an even more valuable product is that it is licensed by its originators and that is not only meant to be raced, but is equally at home as a daily driver.
The SPF Grand Sport will be available in a roadster or coupe version and the technical originality is ensured by the legendary discipline and precision that has made Superformance products the leading fully assembled rolling chassis in the world.
Each SPF Grand Sport will be professionally engineered, custom crafted and professionally assembled in the largest and most modern privately owned specialist automotive manufacturing facility in the world.
The design of the Grand Sport chassis enables owners to select their drive trains from virtually any General Motors crate option available. The first completed street version rollers will be available in the US in mid 2010. Current orders can be placed by calling (949) 900-1950 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.