1996 Coupe Corvette Details
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Commemorating the end of the 4th Generation, Chevrolet released a limited edition of 1000 Grand Sport Corvettes. According to the "Grand Sport Registry" run, by the ultimate Corvette fan, John "Hutch", here are some of the highlights:
- The Grand Sport option (RPO Z16) included the LT4 engine, which
was only available with the 6-speed manual transmission, special Admiral
Blue paint with Arctic White racing stripe down the center of the car
and two red hashmarks over the left front fender commemorating the 1963
Grand Sport Corvettes. Unique Grand Sport badging was placed on each
side of the hood above the side fender vents as well as a unique chrome
plated Corvette emblem on the nose and gas lid.
- Grand Sports were available in both Coupe ($3250 option) and
Convertible ($2880 option) versions. Only 1,000 were built consisting of
810 coupes and 190 convertibles. Grand Sport Coupes were equipped with
P275/40ZR-17 tires on 17x9.5" wheels in front and P315/35ZR-17 tires on
17x11" wheels in the rear. Grand Sport Convertibles were equipped with
P255/45ZR-17 tires on 17x8.5" wheels in front and P285/40ZR-17 tires on
17x9.5" wheels in the rear. Coupes came equipped with molded fender
flares above the rear wheel arches while the convertibles did not.
Grand Sport Wheels were the same as the 1994-1995 ZR-1's 5 spoke wheels
except painted with a glossy black finish and a 50mm offset rather than
the ZR-1's 36mm. Special gloss black finished front brake calipers with
the "Corvette" name in bright aluminum were also part of the Grand
Sport option as well.
- Interior color choices for the Grand Sport were limited to all
black, or a unique Torch Red and Black combination... red seats &
trim but with black carpeting. The "Grand Sport" name was embroidered
on the seat headrests.
- All Grand Sport equipped Corvettes came with their own unique
Vehicle Identification Number sequence, distinct from regular production
1996 Corvettes. The only other production Corvette up to this time to
have had a unique VIN sequence was the 1990-1995 ZR-1. See below for
more VIN info.
- The Z16 Grand Sport RPO was a 1-year only option for 1996 Corvettes. The production run for the Grand Sport ran from April 3rd, 1995 for GS VIN #0001 and ended with GS VIN #1000 on June 14th, 1996.
- They're just plain cool.
Options include dual sport seats, electronic climate control, CD/cassette Bose sound system and the F45 - selective ride.
Documentation is available including window sticker (MSRP $45914), dealer brochure, etc, also collectable die-cast models.
It is in excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition. Traditionally, the Grand Sports are the most desirable C4s, and are holding their value very well. After all, only 1000 were ever made.
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