1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport convertible

John Hollansworth Jr., courtesy of Mecum Auctions

For the 1996 model year, Chevrolet decided that a very special Corvette was needed to commemorate the end of the highly successful C4 generation. Dubbed the Grand Sport, this special car was named after the famous lightweight factory Corvette racers of the early ’60s.

Echoing the original, the new Grand Sport featured a special Admiral Blue exterior with an Arctic White stripe over the hood and rear deck, two red hash-mark stripes over the left front fender, black-spoke ZR-1-style wheels, chrome badging, and GS embroidery on the headrests. But what really made the car so special was the one-year-only LT4 engine with its distinctive red intake manifold, conservatively rated at 330 horsepower and available only with the 6-speed manual transmission.

Only 1,000 Grand Sports were built, the most coveted being the Grand Sport convertible with red and black interior, of which only 53 were produced.

This example is number 474, an early-delivery car that has accumulated only 11 miles from new. It is a true time-capsule example.