We’re of the opinion that the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport has aged more gracefully than any other C4 model.
With its Admiral Blue paint accented with a white central stripe and twin red hashmarks on the left front fender, the Grand Sport definitely stands out in a crowd, even all these years later.
Like many folks of my Baby Boomer generation, I admit at first I wasn’t a big fan of the black wheels used on these Grand Sports, tending to think they looked cheap the way they did on 1950s and 1960s-era cars back in the day, but as time has moved on, I must admit that the black wheels have grown on me and are what really set off these last-year C4s, especially against that beautiful paint scheme.
Apparently, I’m not alone in my admiration of the C4 Grand Sport. With just 1,000 of these models produced in coupe and convertible versions as a send-off of that generation, resale prices and collector enthusiasm have remained strong over the past 23 years.
One of the nicest examples we’ve seen lately is currently up for sale on bringatrailer.com, and we’re interested to see how much higher the bidding goes over the next four days from the current level of $36,250. That seems way too low to us.
Not only is this car virtually new with just 188 miles on the odometer, but it also has the extra pizazz of being one of just 217 Grand Sport coupes produced with the two-tone red and black interior. We think this color interior adds a very nice punch to the overall look.
This one still looks like it could have stepped right out of a Chevy showroom, with the window sticker on the windshield, the GM-installed plastic covers on the seats, and a small pad on the driver’s door edge to prevent shipping damage, all still in place.
We always loved the clamshell hood of the C4, and underneath this hood lurks a very special motor, the one-year-only 5.7-liter LT4 V8 that produced 330 horsepower and 340 ft-lb of torque, some 30 more horsepower than the standard powerplant. All Grand Sports, of course, featured a six-speed manual transmission.
This one – which carried an MSRP of $43,823 – still rolls on its original 275/40 front and 315/35 rear Goodyear Eagle GS-C tires, mounted on 17-inch five-spoke black wheels.
Other equipment includes a six-way power driver’s seat, a power passenger seat, a Delco/Bose audio system, air conditioning, a trip computer, and factory-applied decals.
This car was originally delivered to Joseph Chevrolet in Millington, Michigan and is being offered in Miami, Florida with a clean Maryland title.
Perhaps the saddest part about this Corvette is that it will likely never be enjoyed the way it was intended to be used since it would suffer a drastic drop in value if the mileage ever climbs. On the other hand, it’s reassuring to know that at least one 1996 Grand Sport will likely always remain in factory-original condition for the viewing enjoyment of enthusiasts.
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