When Chevrolet took the stage earlier this week at the Geneva Motor Show to introduce the newest Corvette in the C7 line up, the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport, they used the occasion to premiere the limited Collector Edition version of the car to make its first public appearance.
Like the Grand Sport moniker, “Collector Edition” versions of Corvettes have graced showroom floors previously in Corvette’s long history. Interestingly, Chevy has presented Collector Editions in both 1982 and 1996, the final years of C3 and C4 production as a way to send off the car before introducing a new generation of Corvettes.
While we don’t think that is the case for the 2017 Grand Sport, offering a Collector Edition is great way to promote the new model as well as offer a limited edition specialty car within the model year’s first production cycle.
So what does the newest 2017 Corvette Grand Sport Collector Edition offer to buyers?
Like the standard GS Coupes and Convertibles on the way, the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport Collector Edition will offer the widebody configuraton with the Z06’s rear fender flares, grille and upgraded suspension along with the naturally aspirated 460-hp LT1.
The car will come standard in Watkins Glen Gray Metallic which will be the exclusive color of the Collector Edition model. It features the Tension Blue hash mark graphics on both front fenders as well as satin black full-length stripes and black aluminum wheels. Inside, the cockpit wraps the driver around the Tension Blue interior. Representations of the 1963 Corvette Grand Sport are embroidered on the seat headrests.
I had some reservations at first about the Tension blue color but after a few days now I will admit that it has really grown on me.
The Collector’s Edition Grand Sport shown at Geneva was outfitted with the Z07 Performance Package. It’s our belief that buyers of the Collector’s Edition will be able to order the car with either the standard Grand Sport suspension or with the Z07 option.
Like all recent special editions, we believe the car will feature its own VIN. That build sequence number will be displayed inside on a specially designed dash plaque which features a representation of the #002 1963 Grand Sport roadster campaigned most famously by George Wintersteen.
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The plaque on the Corvette Grand Sport Collector’s Edition in Geneva reads 0001/1000 which leads us to believe that there will only be 1,000 Collector’s Edition Corvette Grand Sports offered next year. We figure the majority of those cars will be made for the US while a portion will be exported to Canada and Europe.
More details about the Corvette Grand Sport and the special Collector Edition will come next month at the National Corvette Museum’s Bash event. The 2017 Corvette Order Guide will follow and pricing will probably be known in late May or early June. As the first order cycle for the 2017 models will happen in mid-May, we suggest getting with your preferred Chevrolet dealer today and get on a list now.
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