The absolute posterchild of American sport scars, the second generation (C2) Corvette is everything America wanted to be in the early 60’s: fast, stylish, larger than life. A highly desirable 427 / 390, factory 4-speed convertible, this car has been beautifully restored in tan interior over a jet black body. Having done less than 60,000 miles total this cream puff of a Stingray Vette also had a Vintage AC system installed. Full photo documentation of the restoration available.
There’s not much that hasn’t been said about the Corvette or its role in American culture. A very different looking car from the preceding C1, the C2, or Stingray was unveiled for the 1963 model year. It had a new look inside and out as well as refined handling. From the rotating ‘eyes’ of the headlights to the reimagined dual cowls in the interior it was a striking package. Added to that the coupe, a first for the corvette, with its twin rear windows and spine, the C2 was an attention grabber. Further, it was lighter than the C1 so all around performance was much improved despite horsepower remaining the same. A shortened wheelbase, improved steering and weight distribution improved maneuverability while wider brakes increased stopping power. Independent rear suspension not only improved ride and handling but helped to reduce weight as well. Power came from the same 327 V8’s, tuned for 250, 300 and 340 HP. Disc brakes which were introduced in 65 and for 1966, power choices were based on the 427 cu in V8, offering similar toque but significantly more torque. 1967 was the last year of C2 production, meaning it is also the most developed of the Stingray series. Cosmetic changes were minor (attention being focused on the C3 due out in late 67) but included new wheels and subtle upholstery changes. The handbrake was now on the floor between the seats.
Often more expensive to restore than its Ford/Mopar contemporaries paying more for a well sorted or fully restored C2 Stingray is highly recommended. There are enough still around to make cheap ones tempting, but unless it’s truly untouched experts such as Hemmings say stay away. Vettes can suffer from ‘investoritis’ causing values to dip when the economy does, but the Stingray has seen a steady rise since 2008, with restored cars pulling solid 6 figures.
Vintage Corvettes will always be in demand, but for many none more so than the C2 Stingray in either convertible or coupé form. Take the late C2 upgrades in braking and this car’s 427 power plant, combine these qualities with its matching tan top and interior against the the black, this matching numbers Vette would look amazing in any collection and it drives like a dream.