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1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

Coupe
WINTER HARVEST - RM Sotheby ’s
Thursday, 16 January - Friday, 17 January 2020
$53,760
Sale Price
17 January 2020
Sold Date
212
Lot Number
#2
Original
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis No. 1G1YY2251T5600364. Admiral Blue with white stripe over black leather. 350-ci, 330-hp LT4 V-8. 6-speed manual. F45 suspension. Comes with window sticker and 1996 Corvette VHS tape.

EVALUATION : Original | One of 1000 (810 coupes and 190 convertibles) 1996 Grand Sports. Like-new condition represented with just 96 miles and will probably never see 100—it’s destined for a life of static display.

BOTTOM LINE : A massive price for a Grand Sport that stands out for its condition and mileage. As with many limited-edition C4s that were mothballed in anticipation of big appreciation, the numbers haven’t quite worked out: According to RM Sotheby’s, this Vette carried a sticker price of $46,239 in 1996, which is nearly 76 grand adjusted for inflation. Someone could have made more money—and had more fun—parking money in a savings
account and driving the car.

by Hagerty Insider
19 January 2020
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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