We’ll admit it. The Corvette Grand Sport replicas produced by Mongoose Motorsports look pretty nifty, but they carry one noteworthy flaw: They’re not licensed by General Motors.
The Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio-based company, which produces both replicas of the 1963 Grand Sport and the 1984 Corvette GTP racer, is currently being sued by GM for trademark infringement. No single part of the Mongoose cars — including the accurate “Corvette Grand Sport” emblems — were licensed through GM channels, although engines are typically purchased directly through GM Performance Parts.
“This is not an homage,” GM spokesman Tom Wilkinson told The Detroit News. “If we don’t enforce this, we can lose control of our various trademarks.” A logical pursuit, really, but we’re wondering what took GM so long to move. Mongoose has been building Grand Sport replicas since 2000 and GTP clones since 2007.
According to the News, GM’s suit aims to prevent Mongoose from building cars with the Corvette’s design, but also moves to destroy and remove all marketing materials that use either the GM or Corvette name. Further, GM wants to inspect Mongoose’s office and financial records, and is seeking an unspecified amount in financial damages.
There is, however, still a way to experience a Grand Sport without shelling out millions to purchase one of the original five built. Duntov Motor Company, a subsidiary of Cobra replica builder Superformance, announced its own Grand Sport replica line late last year. The cars largely resemble those built by Mongoose, save for one exception: They’re fully licensed by GM and built with the automaker’s blessing.
Source: The Detroit News