Corvette Sting Ray
Documented Frame Off Restored Corvette Sting Ray Roadster 327/365 HP 4 Speed
- Correct 327 cubic inch L76 V8
- Correct Muncie 4-speed transmission
- Posi-traction differential / 4.11 gears
- Original body
- Correct Ermine White paint
- Correct Red vinyl interior
- Sale includes a matching hardtop
- Award the NCRS DUNTOV Mark of Excellence in 1993
- Award NCRS Top Flight in 1992, 1993 and 2004
- Restored to an authentic factory appearance / Significant freshening completed in 2014
* Restored to an authentic factory appearance / Significant freshening completed in 2014
* Awarded the NCRS DUNTOV Mark of Excellence in 1993
* Awarded NCRS Top Flight in 1992, 1993 and 2004
* Correct 327 cubic inch L76 V8
* Correct Muncie 4-speed transmission
* Original body / Correct Ermine White paint
* Correct Red vinyl interior
* Posi-traction differential / 4.11 gears
* Sale includes restoration photos and an NCRS Shipping Data Report
* Sale includes a matching hardtop
There's really no such thing as an undesirable C2. Thankfully, they couldn't all be Tri-power screamers, but, to the bane of variety, a lot of incorrect Vettes are running around pretending to be something they're not. That's why this national award-winning roadster is so appealing. Originally purchased as a small block curve carver, evidenced by its correct L76 327 and fun Muncie 4-speed, it features a correct Ermine White over Red color combination that's both attractive and unique. And it is, after all, still a Sting Ray, which means there's a built-in level of style, value and exclusivity that most cars simply can't match. So, if you're in the market for a cool rendition of a top-notch example of America's favorite sports car, this incredible roadster could be the literal interpretation of your next classic!
'All Corvettes are red' is a common generalization. 'Yellow Corvettes are the epitome of American motorsports' is reinforced by Team Corvette's continued racing success. But, it's certainly hard to argue with the marque's original white on red aesthetic. Restored to assembly line specs in 1992, and completely stripped and freshened in 2013, this clean C2 presents a stunning color combination that, thanks to the exclusive 1953 C1, enjoys a natural association with both Chevrolet and success. Step close to the car and it becomes very obvious that its all-original body has been carefully repaired as needed, as there are no major seams visible from any angle. Further examination reveals doors that fit well, lines that are crisp, and aggressive 'shark fin' fenders which show no signs of rounding from an overzealous sander. Thanks to clearcoat that's been carefully clouded to duplicate GM's original lacquer, this Chevy looks very close to how it rolled out of the showroom. And presently, immaculately maintained by the same owner for close to 26 years, the car is a fully sorted judge magnet that's been awarded a DUNTOV Mark of Excellence and multiple Top Flight honors.
Thanks to a renewed dedication to motorsports and heavy influence from the original Mako Shark concept car, the second generation Corvette presents a sporty, hard-edged appearance. At the front of the car, bullet-style marker lights, show worthy bumpers and a vivid cross-flag emblem cage a broad, stainless-trimmed grille. Behind that grille, a sculpted hood flows to chip-free glass that's traced in straight stainless trim, capped by requisite vinyl and sealed in an Ermine White hardtop. At the sides of that hood, rich fender emblems and a classy bowtie mirror float between simple heat extractors, traditional door handles and original rocker guards. And at the back of the car, monochromatic tail lamps illuminate a chrome-trimmed fuel filler and correct “Corvette STING RAY” emblem above a chrome-trimmed tag bracket, two more show worthy bumpers and polished stainless exhaust tips.
Tilt the hood and you'll find a correct, 327 cubic inch V8 that hangs a familiar 3782870 casting number behind a matching partial VIN. One of the most powerful naturally aspirated small blocks of its day, this impressive powerplant utilized a forged crank, forged rods, forged pistons, a hot cam and solid lifters to turn standard 11.0 to 1 compression into 365 factory-rated horsepower. At the top of the professionally rebuilt mill, a polished air cleaner funnels wind in to a vintage Holley carburetor that's threaded onto chrome fuel lines. Below that juice box, a correct Winters intake perfectly complements correct, hot-tanked heads, which anchor finned valve covers over upsized, 2.02 valves. At the back of that intake, retrofitted electronic ignition shoots spark through fresh wires, which lurk beneath polished sleeving and over sprayed exhaust manifolds. And at the front of those manifolds, a Harrison-branded radiator circulates water through pliable GM hoses and authentic tower clamps. Whoever performed the restoration on this Corvette did an excellent job of creating an attractive, reliable engine bay that's every bit as detailed as the rest of the car. Naturally, the hot-tanked and .030 overbored block features bright, Chevy Orange skin from its clean oil pan all the way to its silver oil filler. And, as expected, correct textures and decals are present and accounted for.
Flip this small block Vette upside down and you'll find a solid chassis that's in good shape, and today, looks much as it did when it rolled off the showroom floor. At the center of the car, a VIN-stamped Muncie hangs a correct 3851325 casting number in front of a factory posi-trac and big, 4.11 gears. At the ends of the car, a fully sorted double A-arm front and independent rear suspension is completely detailed down to its tagged shocks, correct springs and old school manual steering. Above that rebuilt suspension, original, never-hit floor tubs, which look factory fresh in every way, are bolted to a straight, Satin Black frame. At the corners of those floors, correct drum brakes mix competent handling characteristics with solid stops. At the edges of those brakes, torque flows to the pavement through painted and covered steelies, which spin 6.70-15 BF Goodrich Silvertown whitewalls. And everything, from this Corvette's carefully over sprayed bellhousing to its NOS exhaust system, is fully sorted and ready to roll!
Open this Chevy's tossable doors and you'll find a correct Red interior that perfectly accents the car's factory Ermine facade. Seating comes courtesy of firm vinyl buckets that are anchored between factory seatbelts, bright stainless trim and a small chrome shifter. From the driver's perch, original gauges, which include a 6,500 RPM tachometer, bleed onto their bordering panels in a march toward a center-mount clock, a Delco AM/FM radio and an aluminum-trimmed glove box. Below those gauges, thick floor mats and bright sill plates protect like-new carpet. Above those sills, stainless-trimmed door panels hang modernist armrests below traditional handles. In front of the driver, a familiar steering wheel spins satin-finish spokes around a classy horn button. And behind the passengers, a fully carpeted storage compartment boasts enough room for a weekend's supply of clothes.
Here's a short list of the car's impressive accolades:
* NCRS National Top Flight Award (1992)
* NCRS National Top Flight Award (1993)
* NCRS Regional Performance Verification (1993)
* NCRS DUNTOV Mark of Excellence Award (1993)
* NCRS National Top Flight Award (2004)
OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION AND ACCESSORIES
* Miscellaneous factory tags
* A radio guide
* An Owner's Guide
* An Owner's Protection Plan (filled with made-up information for judging purposes)
* Restoration photos
* An NCRS Shipping Data Report
* A reproduction window sticker
* Some extra GM keys
* A hardtop wrench
* A partial gallon of white paint
In the modern collector car market, there is certainly no shortage of big block show queens and over-restored pro-tourers. That means sympathetically revitalized pieces like this national award-winning roadster could become increasingly rare. With its correct 327, VIN-stamped 4-speed and detailed restoration, this is a highly authentic car that you can drive and enjoy just as Duntov intended. If that sounds like a good way to spend your Saturdays, pick up the phone and become the proud owner of one of Chevrolet's best!
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