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The Grand Sport Corvette was the brainchild of chief engineer and Corvette creator Zora Arkus Duntov. In 1962, Duntov set out to create a competitive road racer based on the newly designed Corvette C-2 Stingray, slated for introduction for the 1963 model year. Duntov's objective was to suddenly and surprisingly unleash on the international road racing community 125 very fast, high horsepower, great handling race cars, all based on a street capable production car footprint. The plan was to make these cars available to a select number of independent road racers who could successfully race the cars without "official" General Motors endorsement. Five Grand Sport Vettes were initially produced in preparation for the upcoming racing season (unfortunately, that was the final number of these cars that Chevrolet produced). Duntov wanted these cars to compete directly with racers like the Carroll Shelby-Ford AC Cobras that were already on the racing circuit. But doing this right required Duntov and his design team to reduce the factory Corvettes curb weight by some 1100 pounds. In its racing debut early in 1963, the car sported a production 360 HP, 327 CID fuel injected motor and a "stock" appearance. Externally, the Grand Sport was outfitted with flared fender, hood and body scoops, and wider wheels and tires. But the real changes were under the hood: an all-aluminum 377 CID small block engine fed by 58 mm side draft Weber carburetors.
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