Fire up the group chat, rally the troops, and break open those piggy banks – a piece of film memorabilia on par with Maverick’s helmet from Top Gun is heading to auction: the replica 1963 Corvette Grand Sport used as a terrestrial surfboard by Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in Fast Five.
Immortalised in modern cinema during the high-octane opening sequence which we’ve taken upon ourselves to link below, the Corvette Grand Sport in question is one of just three replicas that actually survived the production (“this one being the nicest of the three”). Principally serving as a hero car for close-up shots and green screen shenanigans as opposed to actual stunt work, it was also the vehicle Walker and Diesel reportedly spent the most time with.
“It features a full custom tubular chassis with C4 suspension, GM performance crate 350 engine with 380 horsepower and an automatic transmission,” reads the listing.
“The only cosmetic difference is this car was given a set of 17″ PS Engineering wheels for an updated look.”
According to Robb Report, the original Grand Sport was first conceived by Chevy engineers in 1962 at the dawn of the Corvette’s second generation, positioned as a direct answer to the Shelby Cobra, and specifically designed for GT racing. The undertaking, however, was a short-lived one, as GM executives would shelf the entire project before it could enter production. Only five examples were ever built – three coupes and two convertibles.
Given how this is “more than a movie car”, as well as the fact that Mongoose Motorsports is a licensed GM manufacturer of the 1963 Grand Sport Corvette, it’s expected to sell anywhere between US$95,000 and US$100,000.
You can place your bids starting from April 14th until April 21st via Volo Auto Museum’s site.