Today we take a look at Michael’s 1964 Corvette Sting Ray:
My ’64 Sting Ray with it’s Michigan A.O. Smith body started its journey around the US first in St. Louis where VIN 122152 was built the last day of 1964 Corvette production on July 21. She was shipped to and sold from Nickey Chevrolet in Chicago, she later resided in Utah, Laguna Beach CA, Texas, Maryland, Oviedo & Orlando FL, Ft. Myers FL and now with me in S. Florida. I recently took her down to Ft. Lauderdale Beach to the Elbo Room, so now I can say she’s been to the beaches on both coasts.
She’s still completely original with her 365hp L76 engine with first year Holley Carburetor, C60 Air Conditioning, M20 Muncie 4-spd, G81 Positraction with 3:70.1 gears, J50 & J65 Power Metallic Brakes, she also has the U69 AM-FM, T86 Back-up lights and the A02 Tinted windshield. One of her previous owners did a frame off restoration in 1998-2000, he then received Bloomington Gold, Duntov and numerous top flight judging awards. He passed away shorly afterward, so they honored him by displaying this Sting Ray Coupe in the Corvette Museum and one of the Corvette magazines did an article about him and the car. I am very honored and thrilled to have become the caretaker of this small piece of the Corvette world.
Now before you jump to the conclusion that she’s tucked away from the world, I drive her at least 3 or 4 times a week and the more I drive her the better she’s seems to run. I bought her some new shoes this Christmas (knock-off wheels) like the ones she used to own back in the 70’s according to old photos I have. I also get a great feeling seeing the big smiles on peoples faces as they glance over at the litte Daytona Blue Coupe which is not something you normally see on the local roads, highways or even at the grocery store.
I went looking of a mid year Corvette when my wife became very sick, she asked me what I would do if she passed away, I told her I would buy a little Sting Ray Coupe to keep me busy, she liked that idea, I’m sure she’s pleased as she looks down on me and the cute little coupe I spend my time with.
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