Lot #1416 - Widely regarded to be one of the greatest sports cars of the '60s and one of the greatest Corvettes of all time, the C2 generation or Sting Ray is an American icon. Introduced for the 1963 model year, the cars were an instant hit. The excellent engines from 1962 were carried over, but the remainder of the car was new, with its now iconic styling and new independent rear suspension. In 1963 and 1964, all cars were equipped with 327ci engines. 1965 was an important year, with the introduction of disc brakes all around for the first time, addressing a longtime area of criticism of the car, particularly considering its significant power ratings. 1965 also marked the arrival of the big block engines (initially 396ci and then 427ci for 1966), with the small block continuing on with various power outlets as well. The C2 was also a successful race car, all the way from autocross to international endurance racing. Since 2013, the car has been part of a very significant collection. It has been immaculately maintained as well. The car is equipped with a GCR compliant roll bar, gusseted frame, 4.11 posi-traction differential and manual transmission. The work performed in the last two years includes new wheels, new wheel bearings, new brake pads and rotors, rebuilt calipers and master cylinder, rebuilt rear end, new driveshaft universal joints and axle universal joints, new hub carrier bearings and rear cross-member bushings, all fluids, new Koni shock absorbers, new water pump and hoses, and new radiator. The car has nice vintage racer cosmetics, with attractive paint done to good standards. Close inspection reveals light wear from track use, as well as a few surface cracks to the finish in various locations. The bright trim is in good shape and the car retains its badging (including 396 turbojet fender badges), side mirror, and original fuel filter, giving the car a finished, period feel. The wheels are nearly unmarked and the lights and glazing are in good shape. The doors and hood feel particularly light despite their full trim, suggesting a specially prepared body. The interior has been left pleasingly intact and retains the original dashboard, door panels, steering wheel and passenger's seat. A purposeful black bucket seat is in place for the driver and the carpeting has also been deleted. The engine compartment is beautifully prepared, being extremely tidy and attractive. The attention to detail is high, with correct decals on the air cleaner and even Traco Engineering decals on the valve cleaners.
**SOLD ON BILL OF SALE ONLY**