Regardless of whether or not you're looking for a rare Corvette, Andrew lists two things that will come in handy when you go looking for your first-or next-Corvette. "Patience and luck, without a doubt." He says. "I was patient when I was looking. I did see a couple of Corvettes in that year-range ('95-'96) with that coupe body style, and I knew that I liked that body style. I was just in the right place at the right time."

DATA FILE ::: '96 CHEVROLET CORVETTE GRAND SPORT COUPE
Owned by: Andrew Mancuso Jr., West Babylon, New York Original Mileage: 18,200
BODY
Original 1996 Corvette Grand Sport coupe body
PAINT Original Admiral Blue/Arctic White basecoat/clearcoat with red hash marks on left front fender; painting/paint prep by GM Bowling Green Assembly Plant, Bowling Green, Kentucky
CHASSIS
Original 1996 C4 Corvette, with original frame
SUSPENSION Original Grand Sport unequal-length upper/lower A-arms, transverse fiberglass leaf spring, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers, antiroll bar and RPO F45 Electronic Selective Real-Time Damping shock absorbers (front); upper/lower trailing arms, lateral arms, tie rods, halfshafts, transverse composite leaf spring, antiroll bar and RPO F45 Electronic Selective Real-Time Damping shock absorbers (rear)
STEERING Original GM/Saginaw rack-and-pinion, power-assisted
BRAKES Original GM/Delco vented four-wheel disc brakes with 13-inch rotors (front), 12-inch rotors (rear), anti-lock braking system (ABS), power-assisted
WHEELS Original five-spoke RPO Z16 Grand Sport 17x9 (front), 17x11 (rear), black finished.
TIRES Original Goodyear Eagle GSC, P275/40ZR17 (front), P315/35ZR17 (rear)
ENGINE
Chevrolet Gen III overhead valve small-block V-8, RPO LT4
DISPLACEMENT 350 cubic inches (5.7 L)
COMPRESSION RATIO 10.8:1
CYLINDER HEADS Original LT4 aluminum heads
IGNITION Original GM/Delco OptiSpark electronic ignition
INDUCTION Original Bosch electronic sequential port fuel injection
CAMSHAFT Original RPO LT4
EXHAUST Original '96 Corvette Grand Sport
COOLING Original GM/Harrison aluminum cross-flow radiator
HORSEPOWER 330 @ 5,800 rpm (advertised)
TORQUE 340 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm (advertised)
TRANSMISSION
Original RPO MN6 six-speed manual with console-mounted shifter
REAREND Original '96 Corvette with Positraction and 3.45:1 gears
INTERIOR
Original '96 Corvette with RPO Z16
SEATS Original '96 Corvette sport seats, upholstered in perforated black leather with red embroidered "Grand Sport" lettering on the headrests
CARPETS Original '96 Corvette black nylon cut-pile
INSTRUMENTATION Original '96 Corvette Grand Sport (0-200 mph speedometer, 0-8,000 rpm tach, plus voltmeter and oil pressure, coolant temperature, fuel level, and oil temperature gauges)
SOUND SYSTEM Original '96 Corvette RPO U1F Delco/Bose AM/FM/CD changer
HVAC Original GM/Harrison heater/defroster/ventilation/air conditioning system