VIN: 194676S125757 condition: excellent cylinders: 8 cylinders drive: rwd fuel: gas paint color: blue title status: clean transmission: manual type: convertible
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The C2 Corvette is arguably the most beautiful and muscular generation of America's first sports car. Born to compete with the likes of the Shelby Cobra, the Sting Ray saw a steep growth in power over its 5 years of production. Starting with a 250hp 327ci V8, they would eventually grow to the monstrous 427ci big block V8 that put out 435hp.
This Nassau blue example is an original big block car. It was purchased by the current owner in 1991 while he was a junior designer at GM working on the C5 Corvette. When purchased it had a 1965 Corvette fuel injected engine that had replaced the original 427, which had blown up in 1971. This is where working for GM comes in handy. The owner ordered a new LS-6 454 V8 crate engine directly from GM, one of the most powerful street engines they had ever built with 450hp out of the box. Assembled with a forged crankshaft, forged rod, forged aluminum pistons and a compression ratio of 10.2:1 it was formidable package.
Over the next couple of years the owner would restore the car using parts ordered directly from GM Service Parts Operation. In 1995 he would be transferred to GM in Germany, and he would take his prized C2 Vette with him. After arrival he soon learned that the iconic knock-off wheels were illegal in Germany. So to save the wheels he registered the car in his home country of England. The Sting Ray would go on to be better travelled than most Americans with visits to England, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, and Monte Carlo. He would drive the car about 12,000 miles while living in Europe, and would thrill the locals with brutal sounds of a side piped American V8 at road rallies in Germany.
In 2014 the car was beautifully repainted in its original Nassau blue by a concours shop in England. After 15 years designing at Porsche (including CGT interior and all 981 exteriors including GT4) the owner decided to move back to US. He shipped the Corvette back to the US in 2015, where it has been in storage in San Jose, CA since its arrival.
Pulled from its slumber in October of 2018 the Sting Ray has had a complete shakedown. The numbers matching, close ratio M22 heavy duty Muncie 4-speed transmission has had a complete competition rebuild with all new internals, new 26 spline clutch kit, flywheel resurfaced, the double pumper Holley carburetor has been rebuilt, new fuel hoses, filter and fuel tank seals, new battery installed, the complete instrument panel and original clock have been restored by Valley Vettes in San Diego, all dash bulbs changed, new speedo and tach cables, all fluids have been changed, new radiator hoses, and much more.
This is an excellent drivers quality Corvette. If you have no interest in sitting in a lawn chair all day waiting to be scrutinised by NCRS judges, and you actually want to go out and drive your Sting Ray then this is the car for you! Upgrades that truly improve the drivability of the car include: MSD distributor and 6AL electric ignition, Bilstein shocks, Willans seat belts, K&N air filter, and a composite 300 lbs rear spring from Vette Brakes and Products. If you want to pursue NCRS all of these changes are easily reversible. Car comes with its original jack, distributor, distributor cover, and seat belts.
With the big torque monster of a engine and the 3.08 limited slip differential long distance, high speed highway cruising is a breeze.
The Corvette is currently located in Los Gatos, CA, and has a clear Oregon title. Email for more photos or an appointment to see.
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