What a car this is. Seldom ever seen this 1963 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe was a factory built reproduction. Built and assembled by D&D Manufacturing out of Akron, Ohio in 1995. These cars are very rare, even the reproduction ones, as they only assembled 136 of them. According to an article in the "The Cleveland (Ohio) Plain Dealer" there are only 22 known replica 1963 Corvette Grand Sport's built specifically by D&D Corvette left in the United States. It wasn't until the mid-to late-90's that D&D began consistently assigning and then installing uniform VIN plates on the driver's side hinge pillar and one on the left side motor mount. All replicas with actual VIN numbers followed the same pattern, DDGS###. Therefore, expect for those produced prior to the installation of VIN plates,
This particular replica was the 34th built by D&D. About the manufacturer D&D Corvette: As the story goes, when Chevrolet put a halt to any further production of Zora Arkus-Duntov's original 1963 Corvette Grand Sport a number of talented men who worked tirelessly on the project were suddenly found without a job. One of those men was a young chassis guru, John Adams, who helped Zora "put the power to the ground, making it handle". To show his appreciation Zora handed a coupe off to John Adams, who promptly skipped out the back door with it. Some years later after Mr. Adam's had retired to Ohio he heard that Dean Hoskin's of D&D Corvette of Akron was trying to build a replica of the famed Grand Sport. He quietly made a deal with Dean to design a special Corvette C-4 chassis that would work with the replica, but in payment, Dean would have to restore Mr. Adam's 1963 Corvette Grand Sport. Of course Dean agreed and when he was done, he made a mold from that car that would ultimately become the replica. Soon after he had built several of these replicas GM shut him down and sued him over infringement patents. Thus these few that are left are very rare and destined to be collectable and highly sought after.
Features on this car include: Special Hinge Door Plate (VIN # DDGS034) 8.2L HO 502 C.I. V8 GM Crate Engine (Dyno Stats 475 H.P. and 490 Ft-IBS Torque (The car only weighs approx. 2,000 pounds) Custom made valve covers, L-88 Style Air Cleaner Assembly, Aluminum Intake Manifold, Custom made carburetor, Chrome Alternator, High-Flow Aluminum Radiator with Electric Fan, Hooker Super Competition Headers (JET Coated) Richmond 5-Speed Manual Transmission DANA 44 Rear End with 3.73 Gears D&D 4" round tube chassis modified to accept C-4 corvette suspension components, (Glossy black Finish) Roll Bar Hand-laid Steel Re-Inforced Fiberglass Body C-4 Corvette Suspension (Powdercoated Finish) Power 4-Wheel C-4 Disc Brakes Rack & Pinion Steering Coil Over Shocks 100 Inch Wheelbase 170 Inches in Length Full Auto Meter Gauges, Simpson 4-Point Red Racing Seat Belts, Hurst Shifter, Ididit tilt steering column, LED Tail Lights, Fixed Seats Real Halibrand Knock-Off Aluminum Wheels with Hoosier r-6 Competition Tires (Rear P275/50ZR15, Front P215/60ZR15) 16 Gallon Fuel Cell with Aluminum Fuel Neck Electric Fuel Pump Rear Mounted Battery with Cut-Off Switch Partial Custom Made Aluminum Dash Sunvisors PPG Base Coat Clear Coat Paint Two Custom Made Signs for Auto Shows Two Extra Rear Wheels Brand New Set of Street Tires (Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 Series Sizes Rear P275/60R15 and Front P215/65R15 Another set of off road side exhaust pipes JET Coated Tilt Steering wheel for easier entry and exit Full history on this car since new.
A portfolio has been put together with many receipts including the receipt on the crate engine and other components. Even an original copy of the MSO when new back in 1995 from D&D. The previous owner purchased the car back in 2012 when it only had 250 miles on it. The car currently has only 1,303 miles, all of which have been on the street, although it can be on the track if desired. The car brings excitement and attention wherever you go. The car was built to replicate the original Grand Sport #003 thus the car has the correct style louvered rear plexi-glass rear window, plexi-glass side windows that slide up and down just like the original, exposed headlights, fender flares, hood, and even a differential cooler. The car is street legal and does have windshield wipers, turn signals, headlights, etc. The cars finish on the paint and fit are exceptional and still look like the day it was done. The chassis and interior still look nice as well. Very fast car and fun to drive! History behind the original Grand Sport: The project was known simply as "The Lightweight". In early 1962 Corvette Chief Engineer, Zora Arkus-Duntov, began top secret work on a Corvette purpose-built race car to win Sebring and Le Mans and more specifically—to put an end to the humiliating losses Chevrolet had suffered at the hands of Carroll Shelby and his Cobras. The envisioned Grand Sport would be the ultimate Corvette, a lightweight, tremendously powerful factory built racer. It was specifically designed to blow the hoods off the impressive stable of Carroll Shelby's Cobra's, and if the Ferrari's and Ford GT 40's were also left in the dust, so much the better. After the prototypes had proven their mettle-and metal-125 production street bears were scheduled to be unleashed. In a story of what might have been, it never happened. When executives from Chevrolet's boardroom learned of Zora's secret program, they mysteriously put a stop to the car's construction—but they couldn't stop the five Grand Sports already built. And neither could the competition. From 1963 to 1967, the cars tore up the racetracks. And even after that, they continued to see duty and put up an excellent showing at races around the country and even overseas. Over the years the Grand Sport has been driven by famed contemporary race drivers such as Roger Penske, A.J. Foyt, Jim Hall, and Dick Guldstrand among others. Dick Thompson was the first driver to win a race in the Grand Sport. He won a 1963 Sports Car Club Of America race at Watkins Glen on August 24, 1963 driving Grand Sport 004. One can only wonder what would have happened if the Grand Sport was fully developed. It would have most likely challenged the coupe bodied Cobra's, which took two class victories at Le Mans. Due to their exceptional rarity, the ill-fated Grand Sport racers are the most highly sought after of all Corvettes and among the most valuable American cars in existence. This was underlined recently when one of the two original Roadsters was offered for auction where a high bid of $4.9 million was not sufficient to meet the reserve set by the seller. All five original Grand Sports still do exist today, but seldom ever seen even at major events and auto shows. This car can give you the same look and feel of an original Grand Sport but at a fraction of the cost of a real one. A great opportunity to own one of the most unique Corvettes on the market for sale today.