This Corvette Grand Sport is a stunner, and completely road legal
And it could be yours
In the early 1960s, Belgian-born American engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov was working at GM and, after understanding the importance of what Shelby was doing with Ford, he began pressuring his employers to create an race car based on the Corvette. Mr. Arkus-Duntov, the man who created the first Corvette along with Harley Earl, eventually got tired of waiting and simply went rogue. More precisely, he went solo. He started building Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport models in secret.
Arkus-Duntov wanted to build 125 examples but, perhaps rather unsurprisingly, he only managed to build five before being found out. The program was ended, Ford and Shelby enjoyed a three-year winning streak at le Mans and the Grand Sport idea didn't take off. Those five Grand Sport examples are now owned by private collectors and they're worth in fortune. In 2005, the Duntov Motor Company decided to build 'continuation' versions of the original Grand Sport and in 2009, GM finally green-lighted the project when they gave them official permission to build those cars. Duntov was given the original blueprints and molds used to make Grand Sport No. 2 and the first continuation Grand Sport ever built, dubbed the GS011, is the car you see here.
The Duntov Continuation Grand Sport GS011, that's the official name of the car, is built on an original 2011 Duntov Grand Sport frame with sports suspension. It's powered by Gen 5-427 V8 crate engine with 480 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque, and the power is sent to the rear wheels courtesy of a six-speed manual gearbox. The idea was to fit a 875-hp 460 ci V8 but Duntov ended up settling for the smaller 427 ci to prioritize handling.
The car, this is the most intriguing part, is actually road legal. It's got taillights and headlights and instrument clusters and all the bits you need to drive it to the shops. Which you can, should you choose to do so. The exterior is painted in Sunoco Blue with decals and inside you'll find a simple cabin with everything you need and nothing you don't. It even has a stereo.
The GS011 is currently available for sale from Worlwide Auctioneers but it don't have a starting price and you have to register to bid.