Video: Ride Along in a ’96 Grand Sport

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Take a break and enjoy a ride in one of the best C4 Corvettes as it patrols the streets.

The C7 Corvette Grand Sport is an impressive machine and one of the best sports cars available at any price. For those who grew up in the ’90s, however, the only way to order one is in blue with white stripes.

When we were kids, the ’96 Corvette Grand Sport occupied a spot in our C4 Holy Trinity along with the ZR-1 and the Callaway Twin Turbo.

The ZR-1 utilized an exotic four-cam LT5 and the Callaway turned to forced induction. However, the LT4-powered Grand Sport relied more on style and panache to makes its impact. Compared to those exotic machines, the Grand Sport represented an achievable goal, the Girl Next Door of special C4s.

C4 Grand Sport Video

To Corvette fans of a certain age, the C4 Grand Sport was more than just your average special edition.

That made it no less special to us, of course. The unique Admiral Blue paint looks a hue that’s difficult to duplicate or accurately describe. With just a hint of purple, I suppose we’d call it “blurple.” Its depth is nearly unmatched, and the sparkle flake makes a subdued but impressive statement.

The white racing stripe and fender hash marks set it off nicely, as do the black wheels. The red hash marks paired well with the optional red interior. As far as we’re concerned, red is the only way to fly for interior choices.

This YouTube video provides a unique opportunity to ride along and enjoy the sights and sounds of the C4 Grand Sport.

It’s not quite the real thing, but it’s like a dream come true to us. With its remarkable production, the video really does feel like being there.

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If anything, it whets our appetite for a chance to drive the real thing. While we know that it won’t be drastically different from other C4s we’ve driven, we hold a special place for the Grand Sport.

Cam Vanderhorst is a contributor to Harley-Davidson Forums, Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and MB World. He is also a co-host of the Cammed & Tubbed podcast.

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