High in the mountains of North Georgia rests this 1966 Corvette Sting Ray coupe that is seeking a return to its glory days.
Will you be the person to tackle the daunting task?
This long-ignored C2 has attracted a lot of interest since being posted for sale on eBay. So far, 33 bids have raised the price to $30,800 – with activity slated to end at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020.
Amazingly, this 53-year-old Sting Ray is a two-owner car, with the seller having purchased it back in 1972 after the original owner had suffered the anguish of having the car stolen in 1971. Though it was apparently soon recovered, the front fiberglass had by then been removed by the thief though it was finally replaced with genuine Chevrolet parts in 1978.
The car enjoyed a nice stretch of activity throughout the 1980s and into the ’90s, but the seller points out that it has not been driven since the mid-’90s. The good news is that he reports “everything worked at the time” and the numbers-matching L79/345 hp engine (hooked to a four-speed transmission) still turns over. The car has not run, however, since 2008 though precautions were taken at that time to try and keep the engine from deteriorating as the spark plugs were removed and oil was squirted into the cylinders.
Obviously, after so many years of neglect, the car needs to be carefully brought back to life, though it appears from the photos that the bones are definitely there.
The seller admits that the car “needs restoration, brake lines, rebuild brake calipers, rechrome bumpers, replace emblems, etc.” He also added in later addendums to his listing that there is minor damage to the fiberglass at the left rear bumper mount and the right front bonding strip and left louver. On the bright side, the frame is said to look “solid” with only surface rust.
As for the interior, a little cleaning could probably go a long way into making this a good daily driver, but to tap into the full value of this car, it’s obvious that a complete overhaul inside would be required.
While we long for the days when this car could have been “stolen” for less than $1,000 (back in the 1970s), we are just glad that restorable C2s are still out there to be purchased. So what would you be willing to pay for this old Sting Ray that aches to return to its glory days of the 1960s?
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