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Chevrolet Corvette C2 Sting Ray buying guide (1962-1967)

Chevrolet Corvette C2 Sting Ray buying guide (1962-1967) Classic and Performance Car
To many enthusiasts, only one truly credible sports car has ever come out of America, and that’s the Corvette. It’s not for us to say whether or not this is true (okay – it isn’t), but what we do know is that the Corvette is one of the most desirable classics around, for a whole raft of reasons.

Firstly there are those sensational looks; you’re not going to confuse the Corvette for anything else. Then there’s the performance; with all Corvettes packing V8 power, all variants are fast. But what swings it for many owners is the noise; at full chat a Corvette sets your spine tingling in the way that only an American V8 can.

There’s another aspect which isn’t immediately obvious, and that’s the Corvette’s size. While most American cars are generously proportioned – which can make garaging a problem here in the UK – the Corvette is no bigger than many contemporary European classics. As a result it’s more fun to drive, easier to store, but still plenty big enough for two.

Which one to buy?

There’s a bewildering array of Corvettes to choose from, because as well as coupé and convertible bodystyles there are model year changes to contend with along with colours, options and a slew of specifications too. There are also manual and automatic gearboxes; most Corvettes feature the former. As a result, no two Corvettes are identical.

Only you can decide whether you want an open car or a closed one and you’ll have your colour preferences too. When it comes to specifications, there were 5359cc V8s offered for the whole of C2 production (offering anywhere between 250bhp and 375bhp), while there were 6489cc and 6997cc V8s offered in later years. These big-block cars are now very collectible but the rarer, more collectible editions are easily faked, so tread carefully.

One of the real rarities from this generation of Corvette is the fuel-injected 377bhp Grand Sports. Just five were made in 1963, with twin-plug heads and an all-alloy small-block V8. Other than that, the 1963 split-window coupé is the holy grail of Sting Ray collectors, especially in Z06 form. The reality is that it’ll be a question of tracking down a really good car and buying it – your focus should be on condition rather than specification.

Performance and spec

Engine 5359cc, V8
Power 300bhp @ 5000rpm
Torque 352lb ft @ 4000rpm
Top speed 130mph
0-60mph 7.8sec
Consumption 20mpg
Gearbox Four-speed manual

Common problems

• The Corvette’s glassfibre bodyshell is well-made but not always well-repaired during restoration or after an accident. So check for cracks and crazing, poorly blended in panels and paint that’s sunk, betraying poor preparation.

• The chassis is also well-made, but it does corrode and it can also be distorted through crash damage. Check in front of the rear wheelarch where the chassis kicks up, the base of the front suspension turrets and the lower wishbone mountings.

• Also check the radiator support frame along with the body support frame, which extends up each door pillar, around each door and across the bulkhead.

• The small-block V8 fitted to most Corvettes is tough, simple and cheaply rebuilt. You can even buy a new engine if you need one but if you’re a slave to originality beware of engine swaps, which aren’t unusual.

• A small-block V8 will take a couple of rebores before it’s had it and even when in good condition a bit of smoke on starting up should be expected. Once the valve stem seals have hardened with age though, expect more smoke – and a rebuild.

• Don’t be too keen to buy a Corvette with a big-block V8 as they’re over-burdened with power, cost a lot more to rebuild and you’ll pay a big premium to buy one in the first place.

• The Sting Ray was initially fitted with a three-speed manual gearbox as standard but most cars feature a four-speed unit. There was an auto offered too (a two-speed Powerglide), but these are unusual and not sought after. All gearboxes last well, but if a rebuild is needed the parts are available and the costs aren’t exorbitant.

• The suspension is durable but the bottom wishbones wear out; they’re cheaply and easily replaced though. Be wary of cars that have been fitted with stiffer suspension as this wrecks the dynamics and the chassis isn’t really strong enough to cope with the extra stress.

• The all-drum system of the earlier cars works fine unless you’re driving the car really hard. The all-disc system from 1965 is even better, but it seizes up on cars that are driven sparingly – although fixing this isn’t a difficult job.

Model history

1963: The Corvette C2 is launched in September with all-new styling, a new ladder-type chassis, independent rear suspension and an alternator. Power steering and air-con are optional extras, while power comes from a 327ci (5359cc) V8 in 250, 300, 340 and 360bhp forms. The most powerful cars feature Rochester fuel injection.
1964: There’s now less brightwork fitted, the coupé loses its split rear window, knock-off alloy wheels become optional and the Borg Warner manual gearbox is replaced by a GM-built Muncie unit.
1965: Side exhausts are now optional, comfier seats are fitted and a 425bhp 396ci (6489cc) big-block V8 is now offered. Ventilated discs replace the all-drum system previously fitted. A servo is also optional from here.
1966: Engine options are now 327ci (5359cc) 300 or 350bhp along with 427ci (6997cc) 390 or 425bhp.
1967: There are wider wheels, including optional bolt-on alloys, and reversing lights are added above the number plate.

Key clubs and websites

• www.corvetteclub.org.uk
• www.facebook.com/CorvetteClubUk
• www.chevroletownersclub.co.uk/corvette
• www.nationalcorvetteowners.com
• www.corvettesnccc.org
• www.corvettemuseum.org

Summary and prices

As there are so many different types of C2 Corvette, it’s sometimes difficult to put a value on them. In the UK you can spend between £10,000 for a project, to over £60,000 for a mint example. Split screen rear window cars can carry a 20 per cent premium, while the fuel injected and big-block 6.5-litre cars could be 30-50 per cent premium.

Words: Richard Dredge
Last updated: 27th Aug 2015
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    Description: We have the pleasure to offer this 1965 Corvette C2 (C2 for 2nd generation) aka “Corvette Stingray” for sale. The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C2 was built between 1962 and 1967 and, in 1965, this gorgeous, blue-chip American classic received disc brakes all-round and the awesome 425bhp 396 cubic inch (7 litre) Turbojet 'big block engine' This car, which the current UK owner has had the pleasure to enjoy for more than 10 years, has been meticulously prepared to full FIA specification. It has a fresh, new Tim Adams big block engine delivering 560 bhp, a G-Force T10 gearbox and a Gripper differential. Seat belts, fire system and fuel tank are all current and the car comes with new, 2016 FIA HTP. Nothing further needs to be done to the car and it is sold in race-ready condition. Spares are 3 sets of and miscellaneous running spares. There are many other spare parts available which are optional. This Black/Black Corvette Stingray is located in UK and is a well know car that has been run successfully on the European historic racing scene among which the Goodwood Revival TT where it finished a very respectable 9th overall. This exciting “Vette” is ready to race throughout Eur

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    183Hp >>>>> Oldtimerfarm specializes in consignment sales of vintage and collection cars and we are proud to present you this car. Oldtimerfarm is located in Belgium, 9880 Aalter, Steenweg op Deinze 51C, where this car is in our showroom. We are open from Tuesday to Saturday 10-17h (also without appointment). We are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Mondays on appointment only. Make sure you scroll down to look at the extensive photo report (100 pictures). Of course, a more detailed description can be obtained by telephone. Contact us: Xavier: 0032 472 40 1338 (NL, FR, DE, EN, IT) info@oldtimerfarm.be Olivier: 0032 473 11 7300 (NL, FR, DE, EN) olivier@oldtimerfarm.be Oldtimerfarm from Aalter would also like to sell your classic car or car collection. For more information, please contact Xavier. Exhibitions where you can find us: 17-18/12/2016 Dreamcar International Kortrijk - Belgium 12-15/01/2017 InterClassics Maastricht - The Netherlands 21-22/01/2017 Auto Retro Roeselare - Belgium 11-12/02/2017 Flanders Collection Car Gent- Belgium 03-05/03/2017 Antwerp Classic Salon - Belgium

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    $224,900(£183,810.77) $224,900(£183,810.77)

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    (SOLD) This spectacular two owner car is a California black plates car with matching numbers. This is a factory roadster with hard-top only. The car was in storage for many years, and ten years ago it was purchased by the second owner. Ten years ago the second owner took the car to a well-known Corvette expert in North County San Diego who serviced all the systems and rebuilt and replaced as needed. During this process, the Stingray benefited from a new repaint, new seat covers, serviced instruments, and had the bright work re-chromed as needed, with the goal of keeping the car as authentic and original as possible. It comes with factory hubcaps, a Delco AM/FM radio, and the factory hardtop. The hard top is going to need restoration, but it has been repainted body color. The soft top bows and tops are readily available if so desired. We believe the miles to be original from the overall condition of the car. The second owner had known this car since the first owner purchased it and believe it’s original. Here is a great opportunity to have a great Corvette that’s a high end driver with good history.

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    €67,600(£60,272.16) €67,600(£60,272.16)

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    Chassis # 194677S101010 Engine # T0909IL 7101010 427ci V-8, producing 390hp Desirable Four-Speed Manual Transmission Power Steering, Brakes, and Windows Frame-Off Restoration Completed in 2000 Leather Seats, Side-Exhaust, and AM/FM Radio Serviced and Driven Sparingly Since Restoration Details Complete description coming soon. Amco Motor Sales doing business as LBI Limited Share this: Pinterest Facebook Twitter Like this: Like Loading... Inquire Here Vehicle Name* Your Name* Phone* Your Email* Your Message Add me to the Email Listings * Required Fields

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    $17,500(£14,302.75) $17,500(£14,302.75)

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    Our 1968 L89 Racing car Corvette # 194678S404229 is one of the only 390 1968 L89 Corvettes (both coupes and convertibles) equipped with the RPO L89 engine.  She was delivered new as a highly rated road car in 1968 before being prepared for racing by her second owner, Alex Harvey-Bailey, in 1972.  Rhoddy Harvey-Bailey, Alex Harvey-Bailey’s son, entered and drove the L89 Racing Corvette # 194678S404229 into the 1972 British Modified racing series "Mod Sports" to 6 victories, 3 second-place finishes and lap records at Mallory Park and Castle Combe!  This 1968 L89 Corvette had a tremendous impact on UK racing fans in 1972 as it was the sole big-bore American racing car active in the UK in 1972.  Overhauled and restored in 2003 - 2004, she still retains the optional aluminium cylinder heads 1967-vintage 543 hp 427 cu V-8 engine, its original matching-numbers Muncie M21 gearbox and its singular 4-barrel set up (common with L88) which had been fitted for the 1972 UK "Mod Sports".  Ready for FIA-approved historic racing events in Europe and vintage racing in the USA.  European taxes paid Â

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    Car Condition: Superb Original This incredible, one owner, Corvette has always been maintained and only serviced through Chevrolet. The vehicle was special ordered in 2001 to the owner’s specifications and has been lightly driven over the past 10 years, giving the vehicle only 13,000 original miles. It is all original and comes with all service records, books and tools. It has power windows, locks, seats (both passenger and driver) and a vehicle alarm. It features zone A/C, climate control and the original factory AM/FM CD player in the dash with factory BOSE speakers. The owner had custom floor mats made for the vehicle that display the Corvette emblem and have chromed the original stock wheels.

    • Year: 2001
    • Mileage: 13000 mi
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    You will truly have an incredible driving experience with everything this beautiful automobile has to offer This ZR1 stands in showroom condition, and has many distinctive features, both performance and convenience oriented. This ZR1 is stated to be fully “loaded with all options;” as such this would include heated seats, in-dash CD, DVD navigation, Bluetooth wireless technology with steering wheel-mounted controls, Bose stereo system with 7 speakers, memory package, universal home remote, luggage shade, steering-wheel mounted radio controls, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, OnStar, dual-zone climate control, and the heads-up display. With all original documents and accessories.

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 7340 mi
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  • Corvette C1 White '54

    €82,500(£73,557) €82,500(£73,557)

    Lowered price from €89.950 -> €82.500 The Chevrolet Corvette (C1) is the first generation of the sports car by GM introduced late in the 1953 model year and produced through 1962. It is commonly referred to as the "solid-axle" generation, as the independent rear suspension didn't appear until the 1963 Sting Ray. The Corvette was rushed into production for its debut model year to capitalize on the enthusiastic public reaction to the concept vehicle, but expectations for the new model were largely unfulfilled. Reviews were mixed and sales fell far short of expectations through the car's early years. The program was nearly canceled, but Chevrolet would ultimately stay the course and Harley Earl and company would transform the Corvette into a true world-class sports car. During the last half of 1953, 300 Corvettes were to large degree hand-built on a makeshift assembly line that was installed in an old truck plant while a factory was being prepped for a full-scale 1954 production run. The outer body was made out of then-revolutionary fiberglass material, selected in part because of quotas, left over from the war, limited the availability of steel. Underneath the new body material were

    • Year: 1954
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  • 1968 Chevrolet Corvette 427, 4 speed Coupe

    $39,500(£32,283.35) $39,500(£32,283.35)

    Chequered Flag International is pleased to offer this 1968 Chevrolet Corvette T Top coupe in Le Mans Blue (076) with Medium Blue (414) interior. 427, #'s matching engine with 4 speed transmission. 91,503 miles, nicely optioned with:- power windows, telescopic steering wheel, power brakes and power windows. Very honest and original throughout, still has its smog pump connected. Very good straight body with older but still very presentable paint with a few nicks and chips, lovely original interior. Superb mechanically and a delight to drive, lots of power. Good shift, nice synchros and clutch. This is a great honest big block Corvette from before the big horse power loss of the early 70's. I think this represents great value. Inspections encouraged. All sales AS-IS. Sales tax and lic fees due if delivered in California. - Contact Chequered Flag at 310-827-8665 or sales@chequeredflag.com for more information. - Please see more inventory and photos at www.chequeredflag.com. - Visit Chequered Flag International online at chequeredflag.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 310-827-8665 today to schedule your test drive.

    • Year: 1968
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  • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

    $74,500(£60,888.85) $74,500(£60,888.85)

    Chequered Flag International is pleased to offer this 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster in Silver Pearl with Dark Blue interior. Black soft top and Silver hard top. 4 speed with positraction. Power steering and power brakes. Comprehensive frame off restoration in 2000 by its NCR judge owner with few miles since. Matching numbers. 327/300 horsepower. Five NCRS top flight awards:- '01, '05, '07, and two in 2011. Comes with a big photos documentation of the restoration. Documented ownership. A few thousand spent recently to keep it fresh. Partial tank sticker - see below. You couldn't buy a unrestored one and get close to a restoration like this at the price, let alone the 18 months it'd take to get it done. Inspections encouraged. All sales AS-IS. Sales tax and license fees due if delivered in California. Visit Chequered Flag International online at chequeredflag.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 310-827-8665 today to schedule your test drive.

    • Year: 1967
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    €55,000(£49,038) €55,000(£49,038)

    The Chevrolet Corvette (C1) is the first generation of the sports car by GM introduced late in the 1953 model year and produced through 1962. It is commonly referred to as the "solid-axle" generation, as the independent rear suspension didn't appear until the 1963 Sting Ray. The Corvette was rushed into production for its debut model year to capitalize on the enthusiastic public reaction to the concept vehicle, but expectations for the new model were largely unfulfilled. Reviews were mixed and sales fell far short of expectations through the car's early years. The program was nearly canceled, but Chevrolet would ultimately stay the course and Harley Earl and company would transform the Corvette into a true world-class sports car. During the last half of 1953, 300 Corvettes were to large degree hand-built on a makeshift assembly line that was installed in an old truck plant while a factory was being prepped for a full-scale 1954 production run. The outer body was made out of then-revolutionary fiberglass material, selected in part because of quotas, left over from the war, limited the availability of steel. Underneath the new body material were standard components from Chevrolet's r

    • Year: 1962
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    €86,500(£77,123.40) €86,500(£77,123.40)

    Chevrolet Corvette C1, year 1958. Colour ‘pumpkin red with a red leatherette interior and a white soft-top. This magnificent Corvette was sold new in the USA. There the car was extensively and perfectly restored to top condition in the late 1990ies. (USD 1000.000,=). A very extensive photo reportage is present of the restoration and the overhaul of the components. Also available is a massive file folder with invoices and history. This Corvette is in superb top condition; concours. The 1958 model is the most sought after vintage Corvette with the four headlamps, the beautifully curved rear and the tachometer which reads up to 8000 rpm. Furthermore, this desirable machine features the admirable four-speed manual gearbox and air-conditioning! The 1950ies Chevrolet Corvette is the only American sports car with European qualities; the car is relatively light weight and compact featuring a GRP plastic body and magnificent styling. These virtues are combined with good road holding, a sporty ride, and a magnificent 270 bhp V8 engine! This is an American 1950ies ICON in top condition! We speak Dutch, English , German and French. Our cars can be delivered with Dutch, German or Belgium registration. We can assist with the French registration. Transport to your door is possible. We have our own workshop facility with 25 years experience with classic cars.

    • Year: 1958
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    €59,950(£53,451.42) €59,950(£53,451.42)

    Lowered price from €62.950 -> €59.950 Chassisnr. J58B108738, upgraded engine, 1st registtration 01/1961, french papers. The Chevrolet Corvette (C1) is the first generation of the sports car by GM introduced late in the 1953 model year and produced through 1962. It is commonly referred to as the "solid-axle" generation, as the independent rear suspension didn't appear until the 1963 Sting Ray. The Corvette was rushed into production for its debut model year to capitalize on the enthusiastic public reaction to the concept vehicle, but expectations for the new model were largely unfulfilled. Reviews were mixed and sales fell far short of expectations through the car's early years. The program was nearly canceled, but Chevrolet would ultimately stay the course and Harley Earl and company would transform the Corvette into a true world-class sports car. During the last half of 1953, 300 Corvettes were to large degree hand-built on a makeshift assembly line that was installed in an old truck plant while a factory was being prepped for a full-scale 1954 production run. The outer body was made out of then-revolutionary fiberglass material, selected in part because of quotas, left over from

    • Year: 1961
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  • 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

    $139,500(£114,013.35) $139,500(£114,013.35)

    In the late 1950s, California-based hot rod shop Barris Kustoms was beginning to make waves in the custom car world. George Barris had been tweaking, customizing and restyling cars since early in the decade. After moving to Los Angeles to start his own shop, George and his brother Sam pioneered many of the techniques and styles that set the standard for the hot rodding world in the coming years. Along with other pro builders like Ed Roth, Dean Jeffries, Gene Winfield, the Barris Brothers helped to establish hot-rodding in mainstream American culture. Barris had been building cars for private clients since his high-school days. By the time Barris Kustoms was in full swing, they were getting commissions from television and film stars, musicians and Hollywood studios. In the mid-1960s, George was approached by Accessories International to build them a promotional vehicle that would be a show stopper used to highlight their parts. Accessories International supplied various bolt-on accessories such as wheel spinners, regulator covers and valve-cover dress up kits. Many Accessories International parts were sold with Barris Kustoms branding. For their promotional vehicle, they chose a 1958 Corvette that was purchased new by the company and handed it over to Barris to work his magic. George set to work heavily modifying the Corvette, using Bill Mitchell’s XP 700 as a source of inspiration. The GM XP 700 was a 1958 Corvette that was reworked by Mitchell (the Head of GM Styling from 1958-1977) as a GM Dream Car, which he also used as a daily driver for the first year of its life. The XP 700 had a pronounced, extended grille and double-headlight pods in the front, deeply sculpted side coves and lots of sweeps highlighted by crisp feature lines. It was revised in 1959, when Mitchell added a plexiglass bubble top that had been sprayed with vaporized aluminum to reflect the heat of the sun. The XP 700 was pilfered to make the XP 755 “Mako Shark” in 1961 which still survives to this day, though the XP 700 body has long since been destroyed. For Barris’ work on the Accessories International Corvette, he began with a dramatic restyling of the front end, extending the quad headlights outward on more pronounced “pods”. The grille drew directly from the XP 700, featuring a dramatic oval shaped affair with integrated side scoops. An additional hood scoop fed air to the carburetor, and the signature 1958 ‘Vette hood louvers and trim were smoothed out. In the rear, the heavy chrome trim was removed and smoothed, and sharp pronounced Jet Age fins were grafted to the tops of the quarters. A 1958 Impala roof vent was grafted into the hard top. The car was then painted in a lurid blue with silver coves and a silver painted hard top, again mimicking the aluminum-hued Plexiglas top on the original XP 700. It was then fitted with the whole range of Accessories International parts, from the wheels on up, and was soon touring the country, as the poster-child for AI accessories at custom car shows, trade shows and other special events. Today, the Barris Kustoms 1958 Corvette presents in very good condition with the original Barris modifications and AI parts still largely intact. It is a super cool and highly authentic period piece, down to the AAA whitewall bias ply tires mounted on genuine Ansen magnesium wheels outfitted with Accessories International spinners. The drivetrain consists of a 1960’s period 327/four-barrel mated to a four-speed manual ‘box with Hurst shifter. The cabin is also highly original, with black upholstered seats and a period wood-rimmed Grant steering wheel. All in, this is an interesting and totally unique piece of Kustom Car history that presents in very original, very well-preserved condition. Genuine Barris Kustoms cars are highly collectible pieces of Americana, and this particular car’s unique history and array of period parts add yet more layers of desirability. This 1958 Corvette is sure to be a hit at vintage hot-rod events, Good Guys cruises or any gathering of Kustom Kulture enthusiasts.

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