Article: Two 1996 Grand Sport ‘Vettes Land In Tiny Florida Town

October 9, 2016

Scott Teeters On September 5, 2016 (7:49 pm) In Car Features

It took 25 years to create their first “special edition” Corvette. Although the Silver Anniversary Paint was a $399 paint-only option in 1978, when combined with Aluminum Wheels shod with the White Letter P255/60R-15 SBR tires, this combo made for a fine-looking Corvette. Four years later, Chevrolet rolled out the 1982 Collector Edition Hatchback option, followed by the 1986 Pace Car Replica, the 1988 35th Special Edition Package, the 1993 40th Anniversary Package, and the 1995 Indy 500 Pace Car Replica 1996 would be the last year for the C4, so some kind of “special edition” was expected. What wasn’t expected was TWO special edition Corvettes: the Collector Edition and the Grand Sport. And to sweeten the deal even more, Corvette engineers released the final version of the classic small-block Chevy engine the conservatively-rated 330-horsepower LT4 that was available on any 1996 Corvette and was standard in the Grand Sport. The Grand Sport was a salute to the ultimate “could have been” racing Corvette.

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