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518 E Burnett Rd
Island Lake Illinois 60042
1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
ONLY 21,906 ORIGINAL MILES! 330HP LT4, 6-SPEED W/ 3.45 GEARS, RARE #533 OF 810. featured on hagerty's 2019 bull market list top 10 best collector cars to buy!"Just 1000 examples built in one year means these cars are rare, fast, and distinctive. In a Corvette-in fact, in most cars-those factors add value. Plus, most Grand Sports were treated as collector cars from new"
Despite its long twelve-year production life, the C4 Corvette really only has two truly collectible models. There's the first generation ZR-1, a car that introduced a different flavor of sophistication to Chevrolet and continues to be popular today. And then there's the ZR-1's more exclusive sibling, the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport. The two cars share a lot of the same DNA, with the mighty Grand Sport benefitting from lessons learned during five years of ZR-1 production. But with only 1,000 units built, 810 of those being coupes, the Grand Sport is definitely the hotter collectible. Loaded with a long list of standard equipment including a 330 horsepower LT4 engine, this 1996 Corvette Grand Sport shows ONLY 21,906 ORIGINAL MILES and currently presents a virtually flawless original appearance. If you're in the market for a clean, unmolested Corvette that has serious collector appeal, this sensational C4 is the car for you!
The most striking feature of Chevrolet's C4 Grand Sport, is, of course, the paint job. I don't know what kind of favors John Heinricy and his crew had to promise to get it built, but 90s General Motors culture usually didn't let stuff like this see the light of day. The Admiral Blue base, a Corvette mainstay for many years, is a brilliant, vivid hue that seems to literally glow when it hits the sunlight. The stripes are Arctic White, another familiar Chevy color. And of course, the two bright red hash marks on the driver's side front fender are a hat tip to the historic Grand Sports that used red tape for identification on the race track. At any rate, this car has been beautifully maintained and, as you know, Grand Sports have been collector's items from the moment they were announced. By 1996 Corvette build quality was excellent, and the fit and finish on this Grand Sport suggest the guys in Bowling Green knew they were building something that would be remembered for decades to come.
Vin Decode :
G = General Motors
1 = Chevrolet
YY = Std Corvette
2 = Hatch Back
2 = Active Seat Belt System
5 = LT4 Engine 350 / 330 HP
4 = (Check digit)
T = 1996 Model Year
5 = Built in Bowling Green Kentucky
[hidden information] is sequence numbers ( the 553rd Grand Sport built )
The Grand Sport option in 1996 was $3,250.00
Beyond that bright paint, there's not a lot of detail work on this Vette. The car did get its own chrome badges on the front fenders, just in case you happened to miss said paint. GS coupes also received rear fender flares which were designed to cover 11 inch ZR-1 spec wheels, the largest wheels ever fitted to a C4 Corvette. Because of their obvious paint ridges, a lot of guys think Grand Sports are actually white cars that had Admiral Blue painted around their center stripes. But, in reality, vinyl secondary stripes, which border the car's main stripe, were created half Arctic White and half Admiral Blue to provide the illusion of paint ridges. Fortunately, even as decals, the smaller stripes are in excellent condition. The car's glass is all original and undamaged, and the circle markings you see on the hatch glass are the result of the polarized glass used to help control interior temperatures combined with the circular polarizer lens filter on our camera.
As I mentioned earlier, power comes from the best iteration of the second generation of Chevy's small block V8. Dubbed the LT4, and boasting 330 horsepower and 340 lb./ft. of torque (up 30 horsepower and 10 lb./ft. from the stock C4 Corvette's LT1), this stout engine is one of the most potent pushrod Chevy blocks to date. As with its body, this car's mill is dressed up in fine fashion, with a bright red intake manifold, a special throttle body, bright red ignition wires and a special plate with red lettering unique to its model. The car's engine compartment is in excellent condition, showing few signs of use and a very factory-correct appearance in every way. Like every other GS, the car is loaded with options, including A/C, power steering, and a traction control system that GM calls Automatic Slip Regulation (ASR). Those very clean ancillary components still carry all their original belts, hoses and decals. And since this Corvette is already a Bloomington winner, all it needs is preservation and excellent care to continue to be perfect in virtually in every way.
The only drivetrain available in the Grand Sport was a 6-speed manual transmission and a set of 3.45 gears. (As if you'd want anything else...) The Grand Sport coupe received a more aggressive suspension setup than its convertible counterpart, as well as those aforementioned extra-large wheels. The chassis on this coupe is well preserved and nicely detailed, showing only minimal usage befitting a car of its age and mileage. Its floors are clean. Its A-arms are still bright aluminum. I wouldn't be surprised to discover that the brakes still have their original pads and rotors. And speaking of aluminum, the car's awesome A-mold wheels, painted black with a machined lip --- one of the first times now familiar black wheels made an appearance on a production car, wear ZR-1-sized 275/40/17 front and 315/35/17 rear Goodyear GS-C performance radials that are original to the car. Impressive!
Two interior choices were available with the Grand Sport, black leather or red leather. But, not surprisingly, most enthusiasts chose black. With the bright colors on these car's bodies, an all-business interior made sense. And this Corvette's Ebony cockpit shows only minor wear that's certainly appropriate to its mileage. The Grand Sport-specific seats are extremely comfortable and, once you're settled into them, you're enveloped by a pure driver's environment. The combination digital and analog gauge cluster is fully functional, and despite criticisms of the time, has aged well and still looks cool. Things like automatic climate control, a powerful stereo system, power seats and windows, and just about every other feature you can imagine were standard on the Grand Sport. And you'll also find a reasonable storage area under the rear hatch.
The sale of this rare Grand Sport includes an original owner's manual, and original warranty booklet.
Despite one of its siblings being called the "Collector's Edition", the only 1996 Corvette that's worth owning as an investment piece is the super exclusive Grand Sport. Rare, documented, and highly desirable both then and now, the car represents a rare event at 90s-era General Motors --- the creation of a truly special platform that's more than just a paint and decal package. With the fantastic performance, stunning good looks, low mileage and excellent presentation, this awesome Grand Sport is certainly the investment to make if you're looking for a future collectible. So, drive it sparingly and enjoy the benefits of being a part of the most enthusiastic group of car guys in the world!
If you're looking to get yourself into a cool ride for the summertime, that will turn some heads without breaking your bank account, call us today [hidden information] to make this car part of your collection.
5.7L V8 16V
Options and Standard Features
6-Way Power Driver Seat
6-Way Power Passenger Seat
Admiral Blue Met Paint W/White Stripe
Automatic Air Conditioning
Bilstein Shock Absorbers
Black Floor Mats
Delco/Bose Music System
Engine: 5.7L V8 SFI
Grand Sport Package
Leather Seat Trim
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
Stock Number: 10086
VIN Number: 1G1YY2254T5[hidden information]
Style Name: Grand Sport 2 Dr
Model Year: 1996
Interior Color: Black
Exterior Color: Blue
Body Type: Coupe
Engine Description: 5.7L V8 16V
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Fuel Induction: Sequential MPI
Valves Per Cylinder: 2
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
Wheels Rims: Aluminum
Drive Train Type: RWD
Stabilizer Bar: Front And Rear
Roof and Glass
Front Wipers: Variable Intermittent
In Car Entertainment
Audio System: AM/FM Stereo
Front Seat Type: Bucket
Center Console: Full With Storage
Remote Trunk Release: Keyfob
Steering Adjustment: Tilt-Adjustable
Steering Power: Power Steering
Power Mirrors: Power Remote
Power Door Locks
Windows: Power Windows
Air Conditioning: Manual
Reading Lights: Front
Steering Wheel Trim: Leather
Vanity Mirrors: Dual Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
Anti Theft System
Driver And Passenger Airbag
Length: 178.5 Inches
Width: 70.7 Inches
Height: 46.3 Inches
Wheelbase: 96.2 Inches
Curb Weight: 3,298 Lbs.
518 E Burnett Rd
Island Lake Illinois 60042
Ask for:Gary Udany
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ONLY 21,906 ORIGINAL MILES! 330HP LT4, 6-SPEED W/ 3.45 GEARS, RARE #533 OF 810.
featured on hagerty's 2019 bull market list top 10 best collector cars to buy!
"Just 1000 examples built in one year means these cars are rare, fast, and distinctive. In a Corvette-in fact, in most cars-those factors add value. Plus, most Grand Sports were treated as collector cars from new"
Despite its long twelve-year production life, the C4 Corvette really only has two truly collectible models. There's the first generation ZR-1, a car that introduced a different flavor of sophistication to Chevrolet and continues to be popular today. And then there's the ZR-1's more exclusive sibling, the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport. The two car
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