“Chop Cut Rebuild” Tribute Car Brings New Look to the Grand Sport
We’ve all thought about what it would be like to have a new Corvette complete with design cues taken from the classic first and second-generation cars. And with the recent release of a futuristic rendering of a 1959-inspired Vette, we really started thinking just how neat a nostalgia-inspired Corvette would be. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any plans in the near future for the Corvette to take a turn toward its iconic past. But according to CorvetteBlogger, that didn’t stop the SPEED Channel’s “Chop Cut Rebuild” show from taking on an iconic remake of their own.
Hosted by Dan Woods, the “Chop Cut Rebuild” show follows a dedicated crew while they tackle and tame car builds over the full length of the season. For season 7, the crew decided to build a ‘69 HEMI Charger and a Corvette Grand Sport tribute car. While the Grand Sport name is equivalent to a fancy trim package put on modern Corvettes, the car that started it all is what “Chop Cut Rebuild” based their C6 tribute car off of.
The original Grand Sport was created in 1963 by Corvette’s Chief Engineer Zora Arkus Duntov. As a ploy to regain track dominance from Carol Shelby and his Cobras, Duntov concocted the secret Sting Ray-modeled Corvette with a 550 HP 377 CI V8 under the hood. At the time, Duntov expected 125 of the potent track cars to be released but Chevrolet found out about the car and nixed the production. Fortunately for Corvette and race fans, five Grand Sports had already been produced at the time and went on to tear up their competition on tracks for years.
With the original Grand Sport as inspiration, and help from Corvette Specialty of California (CSOC), the crew of “Chop Cut Rebuild” extensively modified a C6 Corvette for their tribute car.
Modifications included extensive fiberglass work and shaping to get the body just right. Front and rear bumpers, rear fenders and the rear window were removed, only to be replaced with plenty of filler and a split window treatment.
To give the car an engine worthy of the Grand Sport’s racing history , the Corvette was fitted with an Edelbrock E-Force supercharger, giving the car 200 more ponies under the hood. The Vette also received Baer brakes, Rushforth Rated X wheels and an upgraded performance suspension from Pfadt Race Engineering.
For the interior, Mike and Laurent Bensaid from CSOC fitted the Corvette with leather and suede trim in gray and black, complimented by blue stitching.
The result is the car you see here. Completed in just 9 months, we are very impressed with the striking classic Grand Sport resemblance tied in with modern performance and design cues. What do you think of the iconic Grand Sport remake? Is it too overdone or would you rock it on and off the track?