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The 1996 Chevrolet Corvette

1996 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible

1996 Grand Sport

1996 introduced the new LT4 engine, with 330 horsepower, it was available only with the 6-speed manual transmission. The LT1 engine was limited to the automatic transmission. Two new options were created to fill the void created by the discontinued ZR-1, the Grand Sport and the Collector Edition. The Grand Sport included the LT4 engine and an Admiral Blue paint job with white stripes and red hash marks on the front fender. It also included black five spoke wheels. The collector edition included an exlusive Sebring Silver paint, special badging and silver five spoke wheels. It included the LT1 engine with the automatic transmission, the LT4 and manual transmission were optional. A new optional "Real Time Damping" system measured travel at each wheel and adjusted suspension options electronically. The optional Z51 suspension was tuned for autocross and Gymkhana competition. The Grand Sport convertibles came with a white top and the collector edition came with a black top. Polo Green convertibles came with Beige or Black tops but not white.

Production Options and Build Statistics

Total 1996 Corvettes Built - 21,536
Total 1996 Coupes - 17,167
Total 1996 Convertibles - 4,369

Coupe Serial Numbers: 1G1YY225xT5100001 to 1G1YY225xT5120536
Convertible Serial Numbers: 1G1YY325xT5100001 to 1G1YY325xT5120536
Grand Sport Serial Numbers: 1G1YY225xT5600001 to 1G1YY225xxT5601000 ;;

The "Vehicle Identification Number" (also VIN or serial number) is stamped on a plate on the inner vertical surface of the left windshield pillar visible through the windshield.

Position Character Description
1 1 US built
2 G General Motors Product
3 1 Chevrolet Motor Division Vehicle
4&5 YY Corvette
6 2 or 3 Body style number
2 = Two door hatchback style 07, 08, 77, or 87
3 = Two door convertible style 67
7 1 or 2 1=Manual seat belts
2=Active manual belts with driver and passenger inflatable restraint system
3=Active manual belts with driver-inflatable restraint system
4=Passive automatic belts
5=Passive automatic belts with driver inflatable restraint system
8 P LT1 5.7-liter Multiport-Fuel-Injection (MFI) Chevrolet or GM of Canada V8
5 LT4 - 5.7-liter MFI V-8
9 ? A check digit that calculates the characters in the serial number and gives it a single digit code and can be used to verify that the serial number is legitimate
10 T The model year T=1996
11 5 Bowling Green, Kentucky
12-17 100001 and up Production Sequence for Coupes and Convertibles
600001 and up Production Sequence for Grand Sports

Engine Serial Number

1996 Corvette engines have the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the block after the engine number. The date code the engine was manufactured was also cast into the block. The engine serial number includes a production sequence number starting with 0001001 and one of the suffixes below.

Code Engine Horsepower Compression Transmission Fuel Supply Extra Features
ZXA LT1 350-cid 300-hp V-8 10.4:1 Automatic Multi-Port Injection ;
ZXD LT4 350-cid 330-hp V-8 10.8:1 Manual Multi-Port Injection ;

Production Options

RPO Description Price Production
1YY07 Base Coupe $37,225 17,167
1YY67 Base Convertible $45,060 4,369
AG1 Power Driver Seat $305 19,798
AC3 Power Passenger Seat $305 17,060
AQ9 Leather Sport Seats $625 12,016
CC2 Auxiliary Hardtop (convert.) $1,995 429
C2L Dual Removable Roof Panels $950 3,983
24S Blue Tinted Removable Roof Panel $650 6,626
64S Brown Tinted Removable Roof Panel $650 2,492
F45 Selective Real Time Damping System $1,695 2,896
G92 Performance Axle Ratio $50 9,801
LT4 350ci., 330hp Engine $1,450 6,359
MN6 6-Speed Manual Transmission $0.00 6,359
N84 Spare Tire Delete -$100.00 986
UJ6 Low Tire Pressure Warning System $325 6,865
U1F Compact Disc Delco-Bose * $396 17,037
WY5 Extended Mobility Tires $70 4,945
Z15 Collector's Edition $1,250 5,412
Z16 Grand Sport Package ($2,880 - Convert.) $3,250 1,000
Z51 Performance Handling Package $350 1,869
* Required the Preferred Equipment Group 1 which included electronic climate control, power driver seat, and Delco-Bose stereo with cassette.

Collectors Edition Production

Coupe Convertible
RPO Description Interior Total Interior Total
Black Light Gray Torch Red Black Light Gray Torch Red
LT1 350ci, 300hp Engine, Auto. Trans. 1,046 1,210 235 2,491 472 367 73 912
LT4 350ci, 330hp Engine, Man. Trans. 751 625 164 1,540 244 157 68 469
Totals: 1,797 1,835 399 4,031 716 524 141 1,381

Color Options for 1996

Interior options for exterior colors are suggested by Chevrolet. Other combinations could be ordered.
RPO Exterior Interior Soft Top Production
05 Dark Purple Metallic B-LB-LG B-BG-W 320
10 Arctic White B-LB-LG-R B-BG-W 3,210
13 Sebring Silver Metallic B-LG-R B 5,412
28 Admiral Blue B-LB-LG W 1,000
41 Black B-LB-LG-R B-BG-W 3,917
43 Bright Aqua Metallic B-LB-LG B-BG-W 357
45 Polo Green Metallic B-LB B-BG 2,414
53 Competition Yellow B-LB-LG B-BG-W 488
70 Torch Red B-LB-LG-R B-BG-W 4,418
Color Codes: B=Black, BG=Beige, CE=Collector's Edition, GS=Grand Sport, LB=Light Beige, LG=Light Grey, PC=Pace Car Replica, R=Red, W=White

Interior Colors

RPO Color Production
143 Light Gray N/A
144 Light Gray Collectors Edition N/A
193 Black N/A
194 Black Collectors Edition N/A
195 Black Grand Sport N/A
643 Light Beige N/A
703 Red N/A
704 Red Collectors Edition N/A
705 Red/Black Grand Sport N/A
Note: Exterior codes 13 and 28 were only available with sport seats.
Grand Sport interiors were black - 730, and red/black - 270

Convertible Top Color Codes

RPO Color Production
N/A Black N/A
N/A Beige N/A
N/A White N/A

1996 Corvette Specifications

Mechanical Dimensions

Feature Coupe Convertible
Wheelbase 96.2 inches (2.443 m) 96.2 inches (2.443 m)
Overall length 178.5 inches (4.534 m) 178.5 inches (4.534 m)
Overall width 70.7 inches (1.778 m) 73.1 inches (1.857 m)
Overall height 46.3 inches (1.176 m) 47.3 inches (1.201 m)
Front tread 57.7 inches (1.466 m) 57.7 inches (1.466 m)
Rear tread 59.1 inches (1.501 m) 59.1 inches (1.501 m)
Standard Tires Front/Rear P255/45ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT / P285/40ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT
Grand Sport Tires Front/Rear P275/40ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT / P315/35ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT P255/45ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT / P285/40ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT
Steering Power Rack and Pinion
Front suspension Independent SLA forged-aluminum upper and lower control arms and steering knuckle, transverse monoleaf springs, steel stabilizer bar, and spindle offset.
Rear suspension Independent five-link design with tow and cam­ber adjustment, forged-aluminum control links and steering knuckle, transverse monoleaf springs, steel tie rods, stabilizer bar, and tubular U-joint aluminum driveshaft.
Brakes Antilock four-wheel power disc
Body construction Fiberglass; separate ladder frame with cross-members
Fuel tank 20 US Gal (16.7 Imp Gal) (76 liters)

Engine Specifications

Feature Base Engine RPO LT1 Optional Engine RPO LT4
Type V-8, 90-degree Overhead valve V-8, 90-degree Overhead valve with 4 valves per cylinder and 4 overhead camshafts
Block Cast Iron with Aluminum Cylinder Heads Cast Iron with Aluminum Cylinder Heads
Displacement 350 cid (5.7 liters) 350 cid (5.7 liters)
Bore & Stroke 4.00" x 3.48" 4.00" x 3.48"
Compression Ratio 10.4:1 10.8:1
Brake Horsepower 300 @ 5000 330 @ 5800 rpm
Torque 335 lb-ft @ 4000 340 lb-ft @ 4500
Main bearing Five Five
Valve lifters Hydraulic Hydraulic
Fuel Supply Sequential Multi-port injection (MPI) system Sequential Multi-port injection (MPI) system
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