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1996 Z-16 GRAND SPORT CORVETTE COUPE

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1996 Grand Sport Corvette in the Admiral Blue with white center stripe and 2 red fender hash marks. One owner with 45K on it. This model came with the black interior but you could get it with a red interior.

GM made 1000 units all with a special VIN number. This is number 330 of the 1000 units built. This is the last year for the C4 Corvette generation.

All came with LT4 engines producing 330 horses and 340 lbs of torque.

All came with a 6 Speed ZF transmission as well.

The wheels are fronts at 17x9.5 and the rear are 17X11.

Massive 315 tires on the rear standard.

Love the patriotic look of it.

Seat embroidered with Grand Sport

click on the link to find the Grand Sport Registry.

https://www.grandsportregistry.com/96_specs.htm

This is what the ALLEN'S Exhaust unit looks like from EBay, great person to deal with. Even gives a Corvette Discount. We need all the help we can get.

I had the stock mufflers removed and installed this nice unit from ALLEN'S Exhaust.

It's called their CHAMBERED MUFFLERS and tip package.

If you recall from the 60's GM had a CHAMBERED EXHAUST system you could order on like the 1969 Z28 and the exhaust looks like someone went nuts with a hammer and just bent the pipe here and there all the way front to back. This is just a short section of Chambered Exhaust which ACTS like the muffler.

This unit removed a LOT of weight on each side and also opened up the exhaust now to where this Corvette sounds like a Corvette. The stock mufflers were so quiet yet they had a drone which was odd for OEM.

I am so pleased with the final result as far as sound and looks. The installer did an excellent job mounting. The whole swap cost $280. I didn't want the expense of a complete exhaust system and this swap was the best bang for my buck.

Compare the old square black exhaust to the new oval chrome tips. For me it was the best change I made in the car so far. Now on to bigger and more costly projects.

Hi HO away my money goes.................

1996 Corvette Grand Sport celebrates it's 25th Anniversary.

Article by Hemmings:

https://www.hemmings.com/stories/2021/05/07/the-ultimate-c4-corvette-the-1996-grand-grand-sport-celebrates-its-silver-anniversary?refer=news&utm_source=edaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2021-05-07


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ghpcnm on Aug 1, 2020 said:

My son and I were touring the Bowling Green Corvette Plant as one of these rolled down the assembly line. It could have been yours. THUMBS UP !!!

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azmusclecar on Aug 2, 2020 said:

Thanks Dave, now keep your thumbs OFF my ride!!

:-)

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ghpcnm on Aug 20, 2020 said:

As the youngsters say, "That's dope, man". :-)

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azmusclecar on Aug 20, 2020 said:

I believe those kids were talking about members of Congress.......and I cuncur.

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57timemachine on Jan 1, 2021 said:

Rob, have you ever had your special Vette on the track. Whether it was drag racing or track racing. If so any results on your efforts. If you did I would imagine the Misses does not know about it and we will keep it that way. Cheers.

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azmusclecar on Jan 2, 2021 said:

George, No I have never had this Corvete on the track neither drag or road course.

I come from learning from my first 1965 Mercury Comet 289 4 speed, if it breaks, it's going to cost a lot to fix. Motor mounts, syncros, valve jobs, lost oil pressure is among the history.

So my days of track and drag are behind me. This Grand Sport handles sweet on the mountain twisties from Payson to Phoenix. It sticks like peanut butter to an old wool Army blanket.

My revs are limited to 5K to 5.5K No more speed shifting. At age 70 I'm happy to have a knee that can still work a clutch.

This Corvette has some old school in it yet has a few nannies that can save this old man's arse should I think my youth returned with a bad decision.

I did reach 138 mph at Las Vegas Speedway in a Richard Petty Driving Experience track car.

And Richard Petty was there to autograph my photo. When I told him I'm available to drive, he said great Rob, we are looking for a tractor trailer driver.

Uhhhh, so I did drive rig for him for 9 months while his full time driver had surgery. Great experience, but hated over the road trucking.

Not my cup of tea.

Happy New Year to all.

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Mario on Jan 3, 2021 said:

Happy New Year Rob! Great story with being driver for Richard Petty. The King #43 was always one of my heroes. I watched a lot of NASCAR racing and he truly was King. Thanks for the story. Mario

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ghpcnm on Jan 7, 2021 said:

Little did I realize that you're famous. I suppose I must start showing more respect... NOT !!!

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azmusclecar on Jan 8, 2021 said:

Well Richard Petty went by the nickname KING, Dave, I will allow you to call me, Robert the Great. Sort of goes with the Scottish heritage and nobility of which I have none but wish I did.

When I worked for THE KING, I also worked on the pit crew to add to my credentials.

Yes, and I wanted you to know there were always people around trying to steal memorabilia.

If caught they were charged with:

PETTY THEFT.

Buh Dump Dump .... I crack myself up at times.

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ghpcnm on Jan 8, 2021 said:

https://youtu.be/KBEreTkQbds?t=24

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Mario on Mar 1, 2021 said:

Hey Rob, try out the new game Brandon and I worked on called Name the cars with the Hidden Gas Caps. If you ever pumped gas at a station and are our age you should do well. The game went live today. Regards, Mario

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azmusclecar on Mar 1, 2021 said:

Oh my, this will be fun.

I hope I pass so I can get into the Pumper Humper's Hall of Fame.

Remember the service bell at the gas station? You look to see what car needs servicing so you make a mad dash to the driver's window. 57 Chevrolet? NO PROBLEMO. 58 Oldsmobile: PEACE OF CAKE 58 Pontiac Bonnevile? No sweat Chet! 56 Imperial Hampton: Pass side tailight. 57 Cadillac Coupe Deville: Flip up the tailights 58 Lincoln Continental: Way too easy.

Well let me go take the test and see how well I do.

This test should be easier than the one where they ask if a train leaves Chicago going 25 mph headed east and another train leaves Pittsburgh headed west at 30 mph which one will get to the Indianapolis first? MY ANSWER: I DON'T USE TRAINS. I drive my car.

The teacher obligingly placed an F on my test paper.

Wish me luck.

I guess he was a train person.

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azmusclecar on Mar 1, 2021 said:

I am having humble pie for lunch...see unlike the cartoon character Yogi who was smarter than the average bear, I only scored 76.

Wow...maybe I best get my affairs in order before anymore gray matters slips into the TWILIGHT ZONE.

Truly enjoyed the test, thanks for creating.

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Mario on Mar 1, 2021 said:

Hey 76 is very good. I believe average is around 50 so you're much better than the average bear Yogi! Try again and you'll do even better. Thanks for playing the game. Regards, Mario

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NorthShoreMustang on Feb 25, 2021 said:

Sweet car man! Like the new exhaust tips. Originals are hard to see. Nice blue color.

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Mario on May 8, 2021 said:

Great article you posted Rob on the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport celebrating it's 25th Anniversary by Hemmings.

I see you have 1 of 810 Coupes that were made of 1000 total counting the convertibles. I wonder how many are still around of the 1000. Regards, Mario

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azmusclecar on May 9, 2021 said:

Thanks Mario, this 25th Anniversary sort of snuck up on me. I hope to someday find a good beautician to apply a new coat of makeup to the ol gal. Her clear coat is thin and her color has faded. But shes always ready to go have fun with a turn of the key. I had a painter all lined up but then Covid hit and the shop closed down and so Im back to square one. I just want a nice refresh for her. In fact looking in the mirror I personally need a refresh too. I asked the woman cutting my hair the other day if she could cut it to make me look younger.

She replied: Im a beautician, NOT A MAGICIAN.!!

She had sharp scissors and a razor in her hand. I felt it was best if I just sat quietly after that.

Get out and enjoy life today by sharing a smile with someone who lost theirs.

Rob

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Mario on May 9, 2021 said:

That's funny Rob, "I'm a beautician, NOT A MAGICIAN!!" You're great at one liners.

I'm sure your Corvette looks good as is, just enjoy it. Spring is here, take her out for a spin and enjoy the weather.

Best Regards, Mario

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ghpcnm on May 29, 2021 said:

I was looking a little shaggy and rough around the edges. So, I went to a beautician to get my hair cut in hopes it would make me look better. When I got home, my wife took one look at the new me and said, "Well, at least you tried."

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