Car: Chevrolet Corvette C2 327/350hp Stingray Roadster
What makes it special: The 1967 Corvette Sting Ray was the last Corvette of the second generation, and five years of refinements made it the best of the line. Changes were modest: Five smaller front fender vents replaced the three larger ones, and flat-finish rockers sans ribbing conferred a lower, less chunky appearance. New was a single backup light, mounted above the license plate. The previous models’ wheel covers gave way to slotted six-inch Rally wheels with chrome beauty rings and lug nuts concealed behind chrome caps. Interior alterations were modest and included revised upholstery, and the handbrake moved from beneath the dash to between the seats. The convertible’s optional hardtop was offered with a black vinyl cover, which was a fad among all cars at the time.
What made it famous: The 1967 model year was a very successful and memorable one for both Chevrolet and Corvette. The “Summer Of Love” saw one of the most successful Corvette sales years in history, as customers definitely loved this version of the midyear machine. The 1967 Corvette is one of the highest-selling versions of all time, and it’s still considered by enthusiasts as the most collectible and best built of the bunch. The big-block V8 option was a popular choice in ’67, but customers who valued handling and balance stuck with the time-tested and trusty small-block V8’s. A 327 cu in V8 engine rated at 350hp mated to a 4-speed manual, and backed up by a 3.55 Posi rear end powered this midyear Corvette down the road.
Why I would want one: I love a big-block Corvette, but for handling and a good amount of power, I’d go with the 327/350hp C2 Corvette.
Fun fact: The Chevrolet C2 Corvette Sting Ray is the second generation of the Chevrolet sports car, produced for the 1963 to 1967 model years.
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