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Lot 453: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Roadster

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

The Corvette Sting Ray, introduced in 1963, was an entirely new car with a new chassis frame, a shorter wheelbase and independent rear suspension designed by former works 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 of what a sports car should be like. With minor modifications, later Corvettes used this classic layout until 1984. The Sting Ray (it became 'Stingray' in 1969) was an improvement over earlier Corvettes in every department, but it was the body which caught the attention because it owed nothing to any other car and key styling cues can still be seen on today's Corvettes. In the 1960s American manufacturers engaged in a horse power race and by 1963 the 5.3 litre engine delivered 350bhp @ 5,800rpm backed by a mighty 360lb/ft torque @3,000rpm.This is a superbly restored matching numbers Corvette with attention to detail as the priority, evident from the quality of fit and finish throughout the coachwork. A one owner from new car, this is the former property of Alberto Di Luca, (Silvio Berlusconi's right hand man within the Italian political party Forza Italia) and has featured in many reports and articles in the Italian press.Resplendent in dark blue metallic with matching red interior and a dark blue mohair hood is in excellent order. The car comes with the original blue factory hard-top and has the desirable and very rare four speed manual gearbox and is described as being in an as new condition. All of the suspension has been renewed as well as the interior, fabricated in the correct leather and fitted with the correct AM/FM stereo radio.Notably, the cost of the restoration amounted to over 20,000 euros. Supplied with the car is a large file of service invoices, including bills from 2003 for a fully overhauled engine, clutch and gearbox costing 15,000 euros.This Corvette is supplied with a FIVA identity card, ASI (Automotoclub Storico Italiano) papers and a fully stamped Carta di Circolazione. Also present is documentation showing all import taxes as paid. Perhaps the finest Sting Ray currently on the market.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
Lot Number453
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£28230
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Registration numberEU Registered
Chassis number308675112615
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