When it came time for Dan to purchase his new Corvette he didn't want to be just like everyone else. So, rather than going down the paved road of the usual, he chose to create his own version of a Grand Sport. His Corvette was ordered in Artic White with a black leather interior, but with the LT4 small-block and obligatory six-speed gear box. The braking components typical to the Grand Sport were also selected. As the original owner of this specially ordered machine, Dan was the driver who christened this Corvette's first time out on the road. He is no stranger to the allure of Corvettes, having previously owned a '64, a '77, an '86, and a '95. But this time around, something was different. The Vette was a screamer from the factory, no doubt about that, but Dan still wanted more.
Dan took his C4 to the automotive savants at Callaway Corvettes for some serious overhauling. Needless to say, when Callaway gets their hands on a client's Vette, they don't leave any inch untouched. Callaway started by pulling out the LT4 and doing most of their magic there. The 350 was stroked and bored out to a 383, thumping out a dynoed 450 ponies and equal lb-ft of torque. The Supernatural kit offered by Callaway still kept the fuel-injected plant naturally aspirated, but with production numbers like this, it's almost not even necessary. Callaway also inserted their own coilover suspension to each corner and had large Pirelli tires wrapped around the polished, massive CCW 19-inch rims. Customized Callaway exhaust tunnels the expelled gases out the rear fascia, eliminating any restrictions that the stock tubes might have had.
Last was the aesthetics of the car. With the interior barely touched except for some gauge work and a shifter knob, the signature Aero body kit was installed on the '96, sporting the large fore and aft wheel vents and front and rear fascias giving it that distinguished Callaway look. The car wasn't finished yet, though. Dan opted to have the Artic White body split by a large Grand Sport-style black stripe as well as all the original GS labeling. This distinguished the Corvette as the single white Callaway Grand Sport produced, as well as having the only red Callaway valve covers ever created. Dan never wanted his Corvette to blend in, and he got his wish.
Since taking the striped Grand Sport back home, he's given that gas pedal hell. To prove that Dan's right foot has a temper, he sent us a photocopy of some toll booth receipts from the New Jersey Turnpike that show some pretty admirable-though dangerous on public roads-times (it was in the middle of the night, if that makes any of you out there feel better). the Corvette attends a few shows here and there with the Richmond County Corvette Club when possible, but in between those weekends, the Callaway is given ample space to open up and stretch its long legs.
Buried deep underneath all that General Motors' technology lays the heart of a hot rod: a stroked and bored small-block 350 Chevrolet punched out to 383 ci and making a whopping 450 ponies and 450 lb-ft of torque. REAR VIEW ::: As the only white Grand Sport Callaway with the Supernatural LT4, Dan Cassinelli's '96 Corvette carries a lot of custom badging and labeling that lets everyone know who they're dealing with.