Lot 35 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 18th March 2020)
Registration No: 22 VCX
Chassis No: 194376S102311
MOT: February 2021
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. In 1963, the second generation debuted with clean, sharp-edged styling by Larry Shinoda that introduced a coupe to the Corvette for the first time. This C2 style lasted until 1967 after which it was replaced by the C3 Stingray; these 'mid-year' cars are some of the most collectible Corvettes today. Four-wheel disc brakes arrived in 1966, along with the option of the big-block 396 cu in engine, but even the base 327 cu in powerplant gave 300bhp. Only 9958 '66 coupes were apparently built, against 17,762 convertibles.
Originally manufactured at GM’s Corvette plant in St Louis, Missouri, this Special High-Performance Model C2 Coupe boasts matching chassis and engine numbers and is powered by a small block 327 V8 (5354cc) with side mufflers allied to a manual 4-speed gearbox. First UK registered in October 2015, 22 VCX had been restored in America with work being completed by Glen Hewett of Protek Engineering of Wallingford, Oxon. Additional works have included; a respray in the original shade of Sunfire Yellow, replacement of the clutch, fabrication of rear lockers to make the floor flat, relocation of the battery to a rear locker, fitment of an isolator switch, conversion of the engine bay battery tray to store lubricants, emergency electric fuel pump installed in engine bay and fitment of an uprated fan. The car was also the subject of mechanical fettling in readiness for a rally in late 2016. Offered with a collection of invoices and workshop manual, this special Sting Ray is accompanied by a current MoT to February 2021.