The greatest version of the second-generation Chevy Corvette came right at the very end, with the fiberglass-bodied sports car benefiting from the wide range of refinements since it first wowed the world in 1963 with such stylistic features as hideaway headlights, and strutting a new performance mission.
The 1967 C2 Sting Ray was not even meant to be. This had been planned as the transition year, when the swoopy C3 was to take over. But when the new model was found to manifest some dire aerodynamic issues, it was back to the wind tunnel, and Corvette continued for another year as it was. The C3 debuted as a ’68 model.
As it turned out, the ’67 C2 holdover – particularly when powered by the big-block 427 V8 – has become among the most desirable of all vintage Corvettes.
The Pick of the Day is a special example from that special year, a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray L71 that is a low-mileage, all-original convertible in well-preserved condition. It has a 427/435-horsepower V8 under its stinger hood, linked with a 4-speed manual transmission, plus side pipes and a matching removable hardtop.
This Corvette shows just 38,000 miles, which is believed to be original, according to the Wilmington, North Carolina, dealer advertising the survivor on ClassicCars.com. It still has its original tank sticker.
“These cars are rare enough as it is on the open market, but when you have one that is as nice as this Corvette and still original, well, that takes it to a whole new level of rare,” the seller says in the ad. “At just 38,000 believed-original miles, this 1967 Corvette is one of the most carefully preserved examples of this great vintage.”
The convertible was highly optioned from the factory, the dealer notes, all of which it still retains, plus a few enhancements.
“This 1967 Sting Ray convertible retains its mostly original Marina Blue paint, accented here with a white stinger, the blue auxiliary hardtop and white soft top, and the original interior, including the carpet,” the seller says in the ad.
“It additionally features a Muncie M21 close-ratio 4-speed and Positraction, factory side exhaust, transistor ignition, Soft Ray-tinted windshield, an AM/FM radio and red-stripe tires on Rally wheels, and its documentation includes an NCRS Shipping Data Report and NCRS Second Flight certificates dated 1988 and 1989.
“Current owner says the original paint looks like new from 10 feet. Upon closer inspection you can see the originality and a couple blemishes. You want these badges of honor when showing your survivor.”
The Corvette appears to be in fine condition in the large gallery of photos with the ad, and seems fairly priced at $174,950.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.