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Lot 406: 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Convertible

Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2007)

The Corvette Sting Ray needs no introduction, it is without doubt a car which symbolised America in the 1960s and has always enjoyed a cult following. It has been described as one of the most desirable cars ever built, and has been applauded for its great style and engineering. First introduced in 1963, the Sting Ray was immediately a show stopper. There has only been a handful of cars which have been able to create real excitement amongst the car industry during the 1960s this Chevrolet was undoubtedly one of them.The specification for the Corvette was a totally new venture, primarily because General Motors was working with a completely new chassis frame. Overall, the design of the body was also very striking and Sting Rays up to 1963 had, in their Coupe form, the classic split screen at the back, which was controversially replaced due to safety concerns. The Sting Ray was also designed to have a new independent rear suspension designed by Allard and Porsche driver, Zora Arkus-Duntov. It was an all American car, but the engineering was by a man who had won his class at Le Mans and had a clear idea what a sports car should really be like. As a result all the Corvettes up to 1984 used the same layout - a true testament to the car's brilliant design. To propel the Sting Ray there is a 5.7 litre V8 engine, the power output is in excess of 300bhp. backed by a massive amount of torque. This made for plenty of talk and easy high speeds. This excellent Sting Ray Convertible on offer today was assembled at the factory on 1st April 1964 and its proud new owner took delivery on 24th April 1965. He enjoyed the car so much that it remained in his ownership for 21 years. It is fitted with the rare and ultra desirable manual transmission, knock-off wheels and side exhausts. With all the correct paperwork and all EU duties paid, this is a great opportunity to purchase a very original and iconic American sports car from the '60s.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number406
Estimate£31000-£36000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£32935
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1964
Condition rating
Registration number327 UK
Mileage-
Chassis number194675S100279
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Engine - cylinders
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