Only about 23,000 Corvettes were made in 1967, the last year of the legendary second generation.
This Sting Ray convertible – currently being auctioned at no reserve on eBay out of Gadsden, Alabama – is a true survivor, with just three owners having driven it only 35,000 miles over the past 53 years.
The original owner kept the car for 18 years before selling it to someone who kept it for just a year. The current owner stepped in and has preserved this piece of automotive art for the past 34 years.
While the owners might have been tempted at some point to do a full restoration, they resisted that notion and continued to carefully maintain the car over the decades.
If you’re looking for a perfect car, this one isn’t for you. Originality is the name of the game with this Sting Ray as the paint remains what it left the St. Louis factory with but it continues to shine nicely, though there are small signs of wear and tear. Likewise, the interior isn’t perfect, with the passenger side armrest being cracked and the carpet shows some fading, among other flaws.
But those minor defects aren’t worth fixing, at least to someone interested in preserving the car as close to the day it left the factory as possible.
The Goodwood Green paint, by the way, was the most popular color in 1967, with 4,293 customers making that choice. The Green vinyl interior is a nice complement, too, and the original black soft top, said to be in good shape, is a nice contrast.
The factory rally wheels, inside red line tires, look to be in nice condition, too.
Best of all, though, the original numbers-matching drivetrain is still in place, with the base 327/300 horsepower engine hooked to a four-speed manual transmission.
Of course, anyone who wants to buy a classic C2 wants to have paperwork proving its lineage, and the current owner says he’s able to provide such documents all the way back to the original owner (something he says is “hard to find with cars”). Those documents include the Protect-O-Plate, owner’s manual, and original sales contract.
Of course, originality doesn’t mean anything if the car won’t travel down the road. This one, according to the seller, “runs and drives perfect.”
Through Friday afternoon, 54 bids later, the highest offer had reached $51,100, with activity slated to come to a halt at 8:30 p.m. Sunday when a new owner will be anointed.
Could it be you behind the wheel of this classy-looking vintage Sting Ray?