1989 Chevrolet Corvette GS80
When Dick Guldstrand introduced the GS80 series in 1986, the car
was targeted specifically at Pro-Solo and autocross enthusiasts. He
knew all about the needs of these groups, as he was a longtime
provider of performance upgrades for the C3 and a direct supporter
of a small team of racers from the Western Council of Corvette
Clubs. Up to this point, Dick had basically been a tuner. But with
the introduction of the GS80, he was venturing into the realm of
small-volume manufacturing-tricky territory in both the business
and regulatory contexts.
For consignment one of only 25, (numbers vary from 19-25 total
built), in the Guldstrand GS80's custom built. Very finely tuned
suspension which replaces the finicky factory suspension. A Jim
Jones TRACO engine, which was located next door to Guldstrand and
was bored to 368ci with aluminum heads and EFI. Come on down!...to
Classic Auto Mall where you can see some amazing finds, and an
overload of eye candy classics including this rare nimble warship,
aptly named the Corvette (Hey, look it up!).
Appearing as a mild mannered everyday 1989 little red Corvette this
car can literally be used all year as it comes with a body matching
hardtop, and also sports an installed tan canvas convertible top.
Either way you still see the hidden headlights, the black band
which surrounds these year C4's, round taillights, quad exhausts,
front quarter "gills", and 17-inch turbine style wheels. This car
presents as good in the finish front with just a few faults in the
fiberglass and paint, but mostly looking great! Lest I forget the
Grand Sport Badging is in cursive white font and has an 80 at the
Slipping inside the saddle brown high back buckets which are neatly
cradled into black molded bucket tubs, these show nicely with a few
folds from age but it is an overall nice patina. The dash is black
and sports a heads-up display and a large panel which contains lots
of warning lights which are dark until there is a problem. A center
console races through the buckets and has a black panel near the
dash housing the shift lever, mirror and window power toggles, and
a cup holder. On the back is a saddle brown leather padded covered
glovebox. The cabin is flooded with saddle brown matching to the
seats carpeting which is all very clean. Noted is a black bordered
tonneau covering for when the top is in the down position.
A flip forward of the hood, and we feast our eyes on the now
modified bored 368ci TRACO V8 with EFI topping the mill. This is a
later version, so it has larger valves and aluminum heads. TRACO
custom headers provide the exhale. On the back a ZF 6-speed manual
transmission pushes power rearward to a 3.31 limited slip rear
axle. As a finishing touch, each owner's name was imprinted on the
engine stamp pad.
Nice and clean with no rust and just patina for the undercarriage
fiberglass and metal. Cast aluminum is what the C4 suspension is
made of, and power disc brakes are on all 4 corners. With the GS80
the car sits overall a bit lower, and the suspension has plenty of
upgrades because that is what Guldstrand' s thing was!
A rare model with the GS80 designation and modifications,
convertible and hardtop version, all buttoned up and ready to move
into the 90's but not without first showing off its 1989 swagger
8-350ci V8 240hp
5-Bowling Green, KY Assy Plant
124044-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.