Lot 34 (The Pavilion Gardens, 31st October 2012)
Registration No: BHE830B
Chassis No: 408675100554
Mot Expiry: May 2013
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. Initially powered by a 'small block' 327ci V8, the 'Sting Ray' was later available with 396ci and 427ci 'big block' engines.
Finished in striking 'Triple Black', this particular left-hand drive example is understood to have benefited from an extensive 'body off' restoration. Treated to new American Racing alloy wheels and Hankook tyres since entering the current ownership two years ago, the Roadster is said to possess an "almost faultless interior", "as new soft-top" and "deep mirror shine paintwork". The subject of a past overhaul, its 350ci V8 engine boasts "an early high performance 4 bolt main block, approximately 80psi oil pressure with no leaks/rattles" and "Thrush sidepipe exhausts". Equipped with a four-speed close ratio Muncie manual gearbox, the two-seater's impressive specification also includes power steering. Freshly serviced, this pampered 'Vette is offered for sale with MOT certificate valid until May 2013.