1967 Chevrolet Corvette C2 "Sting Ray" Roadster 427/435HPSOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $150,000 - $200,000

High bid $125,000

435hp 427 cu. in. L71 V8 engine, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel fully independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98"

When Larry Shinoda and his staff began work on the new Stingray, it is unlikely that they understood the impact that this design would have on the performance car world. Long considered a modern classic, the car ’ s aggressive lines and sleek profile were perfectly suited to its role as GM ’ s image leader and America ’ s sports car icon.

The Corvette came of age in 1963 with the introduction of the Sting Ray with its fully independent suspension but its evolution continued until it culminated in the final “ mid-year ” Corvette in 1967. Several important milestones marked the mid-year ’ s evolution, notably conversion to disc brakes in 1965 and the availability of the ultimate, 7.0-liter 427 cubic inch big block, which became available in 1966. Much like the last year of straight axle Corvette production in 1962, 1967 was a year in which the mid-year Corvette reached its highest level of refinement.

In his book, “ Corvettes, 1953 to 1988 ” , Richard Langworth notes, “ The 1967 Stingray is arguably one of the best Corvettes ever built. All the styling clichés had been eliminated… four-wheel disc brakes allowed it to stop as well as go. ” Randy Leffingwell also wrote in his book, Corvette-America ’ s Sports Car, that in 1967, the Corvette “ was the best Stingray yet… and all the appearance bells and whistles, trim and shimmer was removed from the car, making it the purest form that the Stingray body ever achieved. Coupled with the possibility of astounding performance from a $437.10 optional 435-horsepower engine, with standard four wheel disc brakes and new, wider six-inch wheels, it was the best of the best. ”

Generally, in 1967 styling was defined by restraint. The exterior had a minimum of chrome trim and the front fender vents evolved into a simple five-slot design which was at once both effective and attractive. Inside, the hand brake handle was relocated from under the dash to between the seats where it belonged. Functionally, the braking system gained dual master cylinders. Another round of so-called “ safety ” regulations outlawed the optional knock off alloy wheels ’ center securing nut – in hope of saving countless pedestrians who NHTSA bureaucrats, apparently exposed to too many James Bond films, felt were in imminent danger of having their shins slashed by Corvette knock off ears! Instead, the alloy wheels used conventional five-lug attachment with the nuts concealed behind a hubcap.

By 1967, the ‘ big block ’ was another matter, with the top specification street car sprouting an imposing hood scoop and contrasting paint on its ‘ stinger. ’ This Corvette was the king of the road - brutally fast, with nimble handling and finally good brakes, Corvettes earned the title America ’ s Sports Car. Expensive as always, the 427 Corvette was the car to which buyers aspired if they wanted to go fast and could afford to.

The massively fast big block 435hp Corvette Roadster pictured here is not for the faint of heart. Void of most horsepower sucking and weight-inducing power options and air conditioning, this four-speed thoroughbred immediatly grabs your attention with its original Rally Red paint and factory hardtop, with black ‘ stinger ’ and trim. A documented, matching numbers and carefully maintained example of America ’ s most refined muscle/sports car this car has the grunt to back up the look.

Reference Number 7285

as of 2/19/2007

Car 1967 Chevrolet Corvette C2 "Sting Ray" Roadster 427/435HP
VIN 194677S105004 
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