An icon of the automotive world, the original Sting Ray Corvettes are among the most highly prized of America’s sports cars. The styling impact of this short-lived body style, produced for just five years, can still be seen in modern cars some 54 years after it was introduced. Though produced in significant numbers throughout its run, unmolested examples are hard to find.
Corvette engineers developed the C2, known as the Sting Ray, to replace the C1 for 1963. It was a performance-oriented and yet highly usable sports car and offered subtle yet important upgrades over its predecessor. In addition to three base engine choices, unchanged from the 1966 model year, two new options were offered: the L71 and the ultra-rare 600-hp L88. The L71 was by far the most streetable high-performance Corvette of the time and remains highly sought after even today.
This beautiful example, featuring the 435-hp powerhouse is one of the stars of RMSotheby's Hershey Auction taking place this week. Photos: Darin Schnabel ©2017 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's.