If you can’t have one of the 1984-88 Corvette Grand Touring Prototypes built by Lola for the IMSA and Le Mans racing series back in the day to compete against the likes of Porsche, Nissan, Jaguar, Toyota, and Mazda, then take a look at this GTP replica for sale by Atlantis Motor Group in Riviera Beach, Fla.
Mongoose Motorsports got hold of the bodywork molds for the original car and used them to design a mid-engine GTP with notable differences, including C5 suspension and composite monocoque and tube frame chassis underneath.
One of the replicas, which is titled as a 1985 Chevrolet, has covered just 1,600 miles since being built. Unlike the real GTPs, this one has air conditioning along with a 383 stroker small block engine and a Porsche 5-speed transaxle. The real cars had V6 power.
“Unlike the originals, the MM GTP can be driven on the roads and highways in air conditioned comfort as well as being ready for a day at the track,” Atlantis says. “This GTP replica is fully streetable and titled as a Chevrolet.”
Outside, the replica – which is priced at $109,500 – is covered with Rich Blue Metallic paint with white and red trim, and the interior features red leather on the bucket seats and dash, along with full DigiDash2 programmable instrumentation, racing harnesses, and the aforementioned air conditioning.
Michelin Pilot Sports provide the car with “incredible” roadholding, according to Atlantis, and the new owner will even have the thrill of knowing that original GTP driver Doc Bundy autographed the left side “meatball.”
In fact, Bundy was one of the drivers who took the first chassis, HU-710/01, to a victory at Road Atlanta. That car, powered by a 3.4-liter turbo V6, competed in eight races and won four poles, including the Daytona 24 Hour in 1986. Unfortunately, three weeks after the Road Atlanta win, the car was destroyed after a crash at Riverside, Calif.
Other examples were never as successful, and on July 2, 1989 at Watkins Glen, NY, HU-8810/01 ran its final IMSA race laps marking the end of an era.
Atlantic Motor Group