In the years that the Corvette Sting Ray was the latest design, the GS II was a bolt of engineering lightning created by an all-star squad: Larry Shinoda designed the GS II’s svelte body. The radical single-speed automatic transmission was developed by Chevy’s Jerry Mrlik. It was a confluence of the latest thinking and it looked and acted the part.
In 1964, after a brief testing period, the GS II was returned to Michigan and destroyed. An updated GS IIB was then built. The monocoque chassis was riveted and bonded together using .032" sheet aluminum. The body was revised to accommodate wider tires.
GS IIB was then shipped to Midland where it underwent extensive testing. The Amelia's 2003 honoree, Jim Hall, was behind the wheel for the majority of the GS IIB's high-speed runs.
“The Mid-Engine Corvette Class is a dream class,”
said Bill Warner, founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours.
“Having a historically significant car at The Amelia that’s never been seen in a concours before is a dream for us. Thanks to Chaparral and the Petroleum Museum that dream has come true.”
The GS IIB will join the CERV I, CERV II, Corvette XP-819. XP-895, XP-897 GT, Aerovette, CERV III and the Indy Corvette on the Amelia Concours’ Silver Anniversary field on March 8, 2020 for an unprecedented Corvette reunion to celebrate the arrival of the mid-engine C8.
Discounted advance sale tickets for the Silver Anniversary Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance are available now for $100. at www.ameliaconcours.org.