THE C2 Corvette 'STINGRAY'
The Corvette began life in 1953 with the C1 - a model that inspired a generation of young Americans and gave the Ford Empire a nine-year headache. However it was the C2, the immortal Stingray produced between1963 and 1967, that really set Chevrolet’s cash registers ringing and left us with the most desired and collectible Corvette to date. Designed by Larry Shinodaunder, influences on the Stingray’s unique and unforgettable form are said to include: the E-type Jaguar, a Makoshark, the ‘Q Corvette’ concept car of 1957 and the ‘Mitchell Stingray’ design exercise. By the autumn of 1959 elements of the two unique Corvettes had been built into XP-720 - the design programme that led to the production of the Stingray as we know it.
The aims for the new car included: improved passenger accommodation, more luggage space and superior ride and handling and with this in mind a new ladder chassis was created for the car, the most important element of which was the move away from a live axle to independent rear suspension, courtesy of lateral struts, radius rods and transverse leaf spring. The independent front suspension was much as before, as were the recirculating ball steering and there were a number of drive train options available including four small block V8 engines, three transmissions, and six axle ratios. One major innovation was that the C2 was available in both Convertible and Fastback Coupé form. The latter initially featured a dramatic split rear window, but rear vision was poor so this was discontinued a year into production. Detailed changes were made through the years, with the first of the big block engine options occurring in1965 (the same year four-wheeled disc brakes became standard).
This second-generation Corvette convertible was built in 1965 and was finished as it presents today, in Glen Green with a Beige vinyl interior. While not much is known about this Corvette’s early history, it was purchased by the current owner in 2014 and imported to Belgium.
Under the bonnet, lurks a 5.4-litre 327ci V8 producing 300bhp mated to an automatic gearbox. According to the owner; these are matching and thus original to this car.
This example of the famous Stingray is a truly brilliant highway cruiser and versatile enough to use daily in the warmer months of the year, this second-generation Corvette Sting Ray is a lovely automobile to drive, benefitting from copious amounts of comfort and horsepower. Using this Corvette regularly would be a breeze and it begs to be driven and enjoyed with its next custodian.
This is a very special 1965 Corvette in its original colour scheme. It looks amazing, sounds even more amazing, and goes really well with an easy gear change and smooth brakes. This is an iconic and powerful sportscar that does everything that Italian exotics do but at a third of the price. Not to be missed.
The car has Belgian Registration and papers.
CARPASS : https://public.car-pass.be.