Heartland Customs to Reveal a Custom 1963 Corvette Grand Sport at SEMA


Heartland Customs to Reveal a Custom 1963 Corvette Grand Sport at SEMA

Let’s face it. Technology has made leaps and bounds over the 54 years since the only five 1963 Corvette Grand Sports were produced by Chevrolet.

While those Grand Sports are highly collectible today and continue to earn praise for their outstanding performance, there’s no doubt that if produced today, they would be even better (witness the current C7 Grand Sports as proof).

Now, custom builder Jeff Page and the folks at Heartland Customs, who have been featured many times on this blog, have been working feverishly in conjunction with Griffin Thermal Products to produce a sixth Grand Sport, one that has definitely come into the 21st century.

They’ll unveil their latest creation – an up-to-date version of the 1963 Grand Sport 6 Corvette – at the 2017 SEMA Show coming up October 31 – November 3, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“Our goal,” Page says, “was to keep the look of the 1963 Grand Sport, but clean it up and add features and elements to bring it up to 2017 performance car level.”

That started with a custom chassis manufactured by Roadster Shop in Illinois, and the end result is performance and handling that is unmatched but managed to offer a comfortable touring ride, Page says.

Meanwhile, the exterior and interior look a lot like the original Grand Sports but they’ve been brought into 2017 with modern twists like electronic volume-controlled side pipes and turn signals hidden in the side mirror glass. The interior keeps the iconic C2 design but it’s been upgraded with rich European leather and Alcantara.

In short, it’s as if Zora and his crew were beamed into the 21st century and took advantage of the latest technology – the same way they were doing back in the 1960s.

You can see work on the car progressing at their website at www.heartlandcustoms.us/.


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