Duntov Grand Sport / Superformance Grand Sport
Price: $102,750 and up (engines not included)
Power: n/a (customers specify crate engine used)
Claim to fame: Feel like a million bucks for only $120 grand
Six figures for a design that's nearly four decades old? You betcha -- and to top it off, the Duntov Grand Sport is arguably the bargain of this bunch.
If you've ever pined for one of the original five 1963 Corvette Grand Sports commissioned by chief engineer Zora Arkus Duntov, you likely know they're priced as high as a slab of unobtanium. Grand Sport #002, deemed by experts to be one of the most original GS cars in existence, made an appearance at last year's RM Auctions Arizona event. Bidders drove the price to an amazing $4.9 million, but even that princely sum failed to meet the seller's reserve.
Such values not only put original cars outside the means of many, but also discourage owners from using Grand Sports as Duntov intended: on the race course. We understand -- after all, who'd want to risk launching $5 million worth of fiberglass and aluminum off the top of Laguna Seca’s corkscrew?
Duntov Motors (no relation to Zora) seems to have a solution: continuation cars fully licensed and approved by GM’s legal department. The Texas-based firm utilized the molds and original blueprints used to restore Grand Sport #002 to craft a spot-on recreation of the '63 car. Purists may sneer, but the HSR and SVRA view the cars as continuation models, and they are approved for track use in historic races.
The company plans on hand-building only four examples a year, and depending on the configuration, they’ll cost you a substantial amount of money. Serial numbers 006 through 009 will utilize an aluminum birdcage structure between the fiberglass body and the steel ladder frame, and will run roughly $178,250 sans powertrain. Opt for a car with a one-piece fiberglass body in lieu of the birdcage, and you’ll see that price tag drop to $102,750.
If all you want is a Grand Sport for the street, your best bet is to talk to Superformance. The company, which typically specializes in replica Cobras and GT40s, has partnered with Duntov to manufacture roughly 100 street-legal Grand Sports each year. Excluding powertrain costs, a streetable Grand Sport roadster will run roughly $86,000, while a coupe adds an extra $4000 to the price tag.
Images courtesy of Duntov Motors