One of our favorite things about the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia is that don’t just display the cars they have in their collection, they occasionally bring these multi-million dollar vehicles out to their parking lot for a bit of exercise now and again, and that’s what we found in this video posted over the weekend.
Here is the No.002 1963 Corvette Grand Sport Roadster that was previously owned by George Wintersteen. It’s not often you get to see a rolling piece of automotive history running, let alone doing some flybys to the small crowd gathered behind the museum.
The audio soundtrack in this video is epic from the moment the key is turned, causing the spectators to jump and even take a step or two back. After a lap around the parking lot, the driver “gets on it” and we see the backend of the car swing out a bit.
Shortly after the demo started, it sounds like there was fuel issue with the car coming into the “pits” with several crew members checking out something in the rear hatch. Once it got underway again it made a lap and then coasted in under its own power. Of course, you would never know this if the car was simply on display inside the museum, so hopefully they will get that fixed in time for the next Demonstration Day.
The Grand Sport is just one of five produced and is one of two roadsters that were secretly built by Zora Arkus-Duntov in spite of a manufacturers ban on racing. The Simeone Museum purchased the Corvette racer for an undisclosed amount in 2009, joining a collection that features more than 60 significant racing cars ever built.
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