Lot 70 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 14th October 2020)
Sold for £65,025
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: TGU563E
Chassis No: 194677S111636
Vendor Condition Ratings:
Electrical Equipment: 'Excellent'
Gearbox / Transmission: 'Excellent'
Interior Trim: 'Excellent'
Growing up from its first foray as an anaemic six-cylinder roadster in 1953, the Corvette matured fast, gaining V8 power in 1955 and packing more muscle (such as a fuel-injected 283 cu in V8 in 1957), options and ornate styling cues with every year. Arguably the most iconic Corvette, the `Sting Ray' (or C2) variant was introduced for the 1963 model year. Heavily influenced by GM Design Chief Bill Mitchell's XP-87 `Sting Ray' racer not to mention Chevrolet's striking XP-720 fastback prototype, the newcomer's styling was primarily credited to Larry Shinoda. A clean sheet design, the C2's ladder-frame chassis sat on an 8ft 2in wheelbase and featured five cross members, all-round independent suspension (a Corvette first) and large-diameter drum brakes before disc brakes were introduced for the 1965 model year. Initially powered by a 'small block' 327ci V8, the Sting Ray was later available with 396ci and 427ci 'big block' engines but even the base 327 cu in powerplant gave 300bhp.
Finished in black with red interior, this final model year second generation Sting Ray was restored in 2016 by Corvette Experience of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and subsequently imported into the UK by the vendor in December 2016. Benefiting from the optional side exhaust pipes introduced in 1965, t is accompanied by an original handbook and copy of its Florida title. Presenting extremely well following its restoration, the vendor currently rates the car as being in “excellent” condition as regards its bodywork, paintwork, interior, engine and 4-speed transmission. These 'mid-year' cars are some of the most collectible Corvettes today and TGU 563E is worthy of close inspection.
Please Note: The vehicle has power steering and power brakes.