Back in 1953, Chevrolet’s launch of a two-seater sports car was a radical departure for a marque hitherto associated almost exclusively with sensible family transport. Based on the 1952 EX-122 show car, the Corvette made use of existing GM running gear and a shortened chassis frame, around which was wrapped striking Harley Earl-styled glassfibre coachwork. Motive power came from Chevrolet’s 235.5ci (3.8-litre) overhead-valve straight six and, unusually for a sports car, there was automatic transmission, a feature that attracted much adverse criticism at the time.
Intended as competition for the T-Series MG, the Corvette cost way above the target figure, ending up in Jaguar XK120 territory but with an inferior performance. Sales were sluggish initially and the model came close to being axed, surviving thanks to Chevrolet’s need to compete with Ford’s Thunderbird. A V8 engine for 1955 and a radical re-style for ‘56 had consolidated the Vette’s position in the market before arrival of the heavily revised ‘Sting Ray’ version.
Introduced for 1963, the Sting Ray sported a totally new ladder-type chassis and for the first time there was a Gran Turismo coupé in the range. As had been the case with the previous (1956-62) generation of Corvettes, development proceeded slowly, being characterised by annual facelifts and few engineering changes of note.
Dating from 1964, this m Sting Ray convertible has the optional automatic transmission while other noteworthy features include power brakes, power steering, AM/FM radio.
Subject of a restoration in 2013, it has been refinished in stunning jet black with a complementary black interior. Driven and enjoyed since completion, this iconic American sports car is said to run and drive better than new and offered in excellent overall condition both bodily and mechanically. Offered with current MoT and Swansea V5 registration document.