Life is all about compromises.
This 1967 Corvette Sting Ray convertible up for grabs on eBay out of Plain City, Ohio is a prime example.
If originality is the name of the game for you, then you probably need to skip past this listing.
If, on the other hand, the overall condition of the car is more important, then you might want to consider this Sting Ray that is about as far from original as you can get.
First of all, on the positive side, this two-owner car has had the same owner since 1977, has always been stored inside, and has a new G&G Super T10 four-speed manual transmission, according to the listing.
However, the compromises soon begin, as the highly desirable original 427/390 horsepower engine is long gone – replaced by a 1970 Z/28 350/360 horsepower unit.
The car also started life at the St. Louis factory in Goodwood Green but sometime before the last owner got it, it was repainted in a medium shade of blue that is showing definite signs of aging. The first thing we noticed in the photos is that the door and headlight cover on the passenger side are a slightly darker shade, indicating perhaps the car had to be repainted after a minor accident at some point.
The standard black interior does appear to be in good enough condition for a 53-year-old driver, other than perhaps needing new carpet. Likewise, the white convertible top, trim, chrome, and tinted glass are in serviceable enough condition.
Bidding ends Saturday, and so far only one person has made an offer of $40,000. Some 249 people are watching, however.
If you’re willing to compromise, this might be a good deal for you, but we’re inclined to believe that ultimately the non-originality will hurt the bottom line. It is, in the end, still a Sting Ray from the Midyear era, and they’re definitely not making any more of them, are they? Would you be willing to pay this much for a car that really needs a new paint job and doesn’t have the original motor?
Update – The original title referred to the NOM engine being from a Pontiac instead of a Camaro. We regret the error.
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