We are past the middle of September now and there is the definite feeling of Fall in the air. With the cooler temps perfect for top-down driving, these next couple of months are among our favorite times of the year to get our Corvettes out on the road and drive them in the way they were meant to be enjoyed.
For those of you still on the hunt for that collectible Corvette or the perfect road trip machine, we recently took a closer look at the online inventory of Corvettes for sale from our friends at CorvetteMike.com in Anaheim, California and came up with what we think are some three great Corvettes to consider.
2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible
The C7 is both the pinnacle of front-engine Corvette performance as well as its swan song now that the Corvette has moved to a mid-engine configuration. Heralded as the 2014 North American Car of the Year, the inaugural year of the C7 Corvette was marked by multiple awards and industry kudos for its aggressive styling, redesigned interior, and the new fifth-generation small-block LT1 V8 that was rated at 460 horsepower.
They say that “All Corvettes Are Red” according to the book by James Schefter, but for us, there is nothing as beautiful as a Black Corvette like this 2014 Convertible offered for sale by Corvette Mike. The Stingray has spent its entire life in California and has been maintained through local Chevrolet dealers. Outfitted in Black with the Jet Black Napa leather interior and a Black convertible top, it comes loaded with the 3LT Equipment Group as well as the Z51 Performance Package which included larger brakes, dry-sump oil system, a more aggressive suspension, electronic limited-slip differential (E-LSD), larger wheels, and a unique aerodynamics package.
Further options on this 2014 Triple Black Convertible include an automatic 6-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, staggered 19/20-inch Z51 black-painted aluminum wheels, and red-painted brake calipers. The 3LT Equipment Group adds a Bose 10-speaker surround-sound audio system, SiriusXM Satellite and HD radio receiver, color head-up display, memory package, NAV system, heated and ventilated seats with power lumbar and bolster adjustment, premium Napa leather upholstery, and a leather-wrapped dashboard, instrument panel, console, and door panels.
The Black Stingray has had just two previous owners and only 28,000 miles are showing on the odometer. The tires look new and have a reported 3,000 miles on them and service receipts do come with the car. Corvette Mike does mention that there is a crack in the upper left-hand corner of the windshield that cannot be seen from inside the car, and it doesn’t interfere with your line of vision. It also comes with a clean CarFax report. Offered for $52,888.
2008 Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car
The 2008 Chevrolet Corvette was chosen to pace the Indianapolis 500 for the 10th time ever, and for the sixth time, Chevrolet offered a special edition replica for sale to the public. The 2008 Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car would be limited to just 500 examples and was offered in both the Coupe and Convertible models. Options on the Black/Silver Pace Cars included new forged chrome five-spoke aluminum wheels, a Corvette Z06-style rear spoiler, and the new-for-2008 Titanium/Black seats with embroidered headrests. Each replica Pace Car was signed and numbered by two-time Indy 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi, who would drive the official Indy 500 Pace Car during the race.
Corvette Mike is offering a 2008 Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car Coupe that is number 399 of the 500 produced, one of 234 coupes in the series, as well as one of 157 coupes optioned with a manual transmission. It’s about as close to being “in the wrapper” as you can be with just 2,039 miles on the odometer. The Corvette was previously kept by the private collector who is said to have taken “meticulous care of it and always did the recommended services on the car.”
The 2008 model year saw the addition of the new 6.2-liter LS3 small-block V8 as the new base engine for the Coupe and Convertible models. With the NPP Performance Exhaust. the LS3 offered 436 HP and 424 lb-ft of torque at 5,900 rpm and was capable of 0-60 MPH in 4.3 seconds while also boasting a top speed of 190 MPH.
For Indy 500 fans, this 2008 Corvette Pace Car is a great example of the Corvette that “set the pace” for the “world’s greatest spectacle in racing.” The 2008 Corvette Pace Car is currently listed for sale at pcarmarket.com.
1966 Corvette Sting Ray Convertible
The second generation of Corvettes were only around for five years (1963-1967), and in that span, we saw some of the most iconic designs and optional V8 engines available for customers during Corvette’s storied history. The 1966 model year saw the highest production during the run and with it came the introduction of 427-power in the Corvette! In fact, one of the ways to tell a 1965 or 1966 was equipped with a big block V8 is the addition of the “bubble” hoods, which gave way to the one-year-only Stinger hood on the 1967 Corvette.
Chevy first introduced big block power with the 1965 Corvette and the one-year offering of the 396/425 Mark IV engine, and then in 1966, it arrived as a 7.0-liter 427/450 horsepower engine. MotorTrend tested an early ’66 Coupe with the L72 and called it a “fire breathing monster.” After production started, the power levels of the L72 were mysteriously backed down to 425-hp without any changes made to it, and it has been long rumored that the horsepower reduction was due to conforming with insurance regulations while avoiding scrutiny by federal government regulators.
Corvette Mike is offering a 1966 Corvette Sting Ray Convertible equipped with the L72 427/425-hp which is mated to an M-21 Muncie four-speed manual transmission and it has the 4.11 Positraction rear end and an AM/FM radio. Options not original to the car include the side exhaust and knock-off wheels wrapped in black wall radial tires. What’s really stunning with this car is the one-year-only Mosport Green exterior which was chosen by 2,311 buyers. Completing the look is a black interior and black convertible soft top.
The previous owner of this ’66 L72 Convertible owned it for 21 years and kept the car in top driving shape during his stewardship. Corvette Mike calls this the “kind of Corvette that you could drive on a regular basis and then take it to a weekend car show and be proud to display it.” We wholeheartedly agree with that assessment and we think the only other addition needed is a large shelf to hold all those car show trophies this car will surely garner.
To learn more about these three highly collectible Corvettes for sale or to view the other collector Corvettes offered by Corvette Mike, visit them online at CorvetteMike.com or give Tim a call at 714-630-0700 and let them know you found them here on CorvetteBlogger.com!