DETERMINING A VEHICLE'S MOST SIGNIFICANT "POINT IN TIME" FOR RESTORATION PURPOSES
COMPARISON OF ITS VARIOUS CONFIGURATIONS
SCORE 1 TO 10 POINTS PER COLUMN
Most Historic Configurations
Level of Documentation
Engineering Performance Significance
Present Condition Compared to Configuration
Owner Driver Significance
Significance of Race Results
Visual Impact of Configuration
Point Total
Configuration #1
STOCK 1963 GRAND SPORT
White paint, blue center stripe
Narrow fenders, small Halibrands
327 cast iron engine w/ fuel injection
Owners: GM, Grady Davis
Drivers: Dick Thompson, Lowthar
Races: Marboro, Road America, Connellsville(1st place), Watkins Glen(1st place)
Documentation: 20-30 pictures
6 4 2 10 6 4 32
Configuration #2
1963 NASSAU
Medium metallic blue paint, red ID stripe
Wide fenders, wide Halibrands
377 cast aluminum engine w/ cross ram (4) 58mm webers, headers, oil coolers, cooling scoops, dome style hood
Owners: John Mecom
Drivers: Dick Thompson
Races: Nassau 1963 Speed Weeks (3rd, dnf,dns)
Documentation: 20-35 pictures
6 10 4 8 6 8 42
Configuration #3
1964 SEBRING
Medium metallic blue, red center stripe, decals
Wide fenders, wide Halibrands
377 cast aluminum engine w/ cross ram (4) 58mm webers, headers, oil coolers, cooling scoops, louvered hood, radio system
Owners: Delmo Johnson
Drivers: Johnson/Morgan
Races: 12 hrs of Sebring (32nd)
Documentation: 30-50 pictures
10 10 2 6 8 10 46

As stated in the previous "history" pages, Grand Sport #004 had several configurations from which to choose a "most significant point in time". A standardized form (developed solely for analyzing a vehicle's various "points in time") was used to compare data along GS#004's "time line".

 
Level of Documentation
Engineering Performance Significance
Present Condition Compared to Configuration
Owner Driver Significance
Significance of Race Results
Visual Impact of Configuration
Point Total
Configuration #4
LATE 1964 to 1965 PERIOD
Dark blue then white paint, misc. paint stripes
Wide fenders, wide Halibrands
377 cast iron engine w/ cross ram (4) 58mm webers, headers, oil coolers, cooling scoops, louvered hood
Owners: Delmo Johnson
Drivers: Johnson
Races: Mexican Road Race, Green Valley
Documentation: 10 pictures
4 8 2 6 2 2 24
Configuration #5
1965 TO 1967 TIME PERIOD
White paint, misc. paint stripes
Wide fenders, wide Halibrands
427 cast iron engine w/ Holley 2-4v carbs, modified hood, fender flares
Owners: Greenblatt, White Chevrolet
Drivers: Coutures, Denman/Brown
Races: St. Jovite(8th), Mosport, Daytona(dnf)
Documentation: 15 pictures
2 4 2 4 2 1 15
Configuration #6
1967 TO 1987 TIME PERIOD
White paint, then dark metallic blue
Various engine displacements & carburation, flared fenders, after market accessories
Owners: Bill Adams, Bob Patterson, Jamie Mazzotta, Bruce Ziegler
Documentation: 10 pictures
4 4 8 4 2 4 26

The form listed factors such as: event (race) significance, race results, factory or independent sponsorship, unique or historically significant technical options, famous owners and/or drivers, etc.

After all these factors were evaluated for GS#004, the most significant "point in time" decision came down to either 1963 Nassau or 1964 Sebring. In consideration of the historical significance of the Sebring event and GS#004's unique configuration at the race, the ultimate "point in time" for GS#004's restoration was: 1964 SEBRING.

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