The C2 Corvette Sting Rays were built from 1963-1967. In 1965, the Corvette got its first big block, the 425 hp 396 V8, which ultimately meant the end of the more expensive but less powerful small-block fuelie option. Fuel injection did not return in 1966, but Chevrolet increased displacement on their big block offering to 427 cubic inches, though horsepower remained the same.
1967 was the last year for the C2 Sting Ray, and Chevrolet upped power yet again with the 427/435 hp Tri-Power, breathing through its 3 2-barrel carburetors.
This particular car also has a positraction rear with a final drive ratio of 4.11. It is painted in Marina Blue with a rare black vinyl hardtop.
This car will be sold by Mecum Auctions in Monterey, California on August 18-20, 2016, right before the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 21.
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This eye-catching 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible sports the all-conquering 427/435 HP engine and shows a mere 15,045 original miles on its odometer. It’s a car with a great and well-documented history. One day prior to his 34th birthday, on April 10, 1981, Bob Scorsone and his son Jason went shopping for an early birthday present. They came away with what has to rank as one of the best birthday presents ever—a purchase of this stunning Marina Blue L71 Corvette Convertible from its original owner—a car that sported 11,124 original miles and was in superb condition. At the time, Scorsone had already been in business for five years president and founder of Unique Corvettes of Long Island, New York. As one of the pioneering pre-owned Corvette dealers in the country, Unique Corvettes specializes in selling pristine examples of America’s Sports Car. With Scorsone only selecting the best examples of the breed, Unique Corvettes was noteworthy in helping to promote the Corvette as a viable secondary car for many buyers. Today, his son Jason continues the family legacy as president of Unique Corvettes. This particular Corvette Convertible was the first 427/435 HP version that Scorsone purchased with the intention of keeping for his personal collection. Over the years, Scorsone had amassed an extraordinary collection of low-mileage unrestored Corvettes, each replete with comprehensive documentation. Throughout the first several years of ownership, this Corvette Convertible was the calling card for Scorsone’s business and a familiar sight blasting around the east end of Long Island in the car. One evening in 1987, Scorsone damaged the engine while racing a close friend who happened to own a big-block equipped 1966 Corvette Convertible. After the incident Scorsone had the engine removed and rebuilt, but the block needed to be decked and the original assembled codes and VIN derivative were therefore reapplied into the engine pad. The car is finished in the factory-applied Marina Blue paint with black Stinger, bright blue interior and white soft top, with the very rare black vinyl-covered auxiliary hardtop included. In addition to the car’s matching-numbers 427/435 HP Tri-Power big-block V-8, it was ordered with the requisite Muncie M21 4-speed manual transmission, G81 Positraction rear end with 4.11:1 gear set, F41 Special Front and Rear Suspension, K66 transistorized ignition, U15 speed warning indicator, power windows, power disc brakes, N11 off-road exhaust system, Soft Ray-tinted glass, clear floor mats, AM/FM radio and Rally wheels. Boasting just 15,050 original miles, the car is documented with photos of the factory tank sticker (which is still on the tank), NCRS/GM Shipping Data Records, NCRS Top Flight Certificate and judging sheets, a mileage affidavit dated 1981, dealer papers, owner’s manual and owner information, this is among the rarest of rare Corvettes, its value increasing as unrestored examples serve as guideposts for restorers, shining a light on the way these fabulous American treasures were originally built.