The Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport started in 1962 as designer Zora Arkus-Duntov’s race rival for the Shelby Cobras. Only five were produced before General Motors found out about it, and shut down the program due to the factory’s ban on racing. The name has only been used one other time in the Corvettes history, and that was in 1996 for a special edition of final-run C4 Vetts. Now rumors are going around that Chevy will use then name again for use on a line of 2010 C6 coupes and convertibles.
While we doubt General Motors will want to invest too much of its precious capital into development for the Corvette, any bow-tie enthusiast knows it better be something special to resurrect the GS name. The original Grand Sport was a track-only special with a 550 hp V8, and the 1996 version was the only Corvette to use the LT4 engine.