Corvette Sting Ray Roadster Pro Touring EFI LS3 V8 5 Speed PS A/C Leather Discs
- Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: Chevrolet
- Model: Corvette
- SubModel: Sting Ray
- Type: Convertible
- Doors: 2
- Year: 1966
- Mileage: 2
- Color: Silver
- Engine size: LS3 6.2L V8
- Transmission: Manual
- Interior color: Red
- Vehicle Title: Clear
1966 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray description
SUMMARYGround-up restoration completed in early 2016 / Driven 2 miles since restored
6.2 liter GM LS3 V8 / 430 horsepower
Tremec 5-speed manual transmission
Leather interior / Air conditioning / Modern audio
Street Shop chassis / Fourth generation Corvette suspension
Metallic Silver and Metallic Red paint / Haartz Stayfast cloth top
Power rack-and-pinion steering / 4-wheel disc brakes
Dana 44 differential
18-inch seventh generation Corvette-style wheels
When it comes to current automotive trends, nothing's hotter than the pro-touring movement. Pro-touring's unique blend of vintage style and modern performance creates undeniable appeal that continues to change the face of the classic car marketplace. When that appeal is applied to a mid-year Corvette, a car that enjoys a huge following, the result is something enthusiasts will virtually line up to buy. In fact, demand for pro-touring C2s is so strong that some builds have started pushing prices well beyond those of OEM-restored siblings. Sporting an awesome combination of modern hardware and old school swagger, this sweet Sting Ray pretty much perfects the pro-touring formula. Benefitting from a ground-up restoration that wrapped in early 2016, it's been completely reworked to include hot aesthetics, a custom Street Shop chassis, a proven fourth generation Corvette suspension and a spry LS3 that spins through to a tough Tremec 5-speed. Looking for a revered collectible that employs 21st century technology to create an unforgettable driving experience? Bet this sterling roadster can hold your stare!
A well-worn survivor, this stunning Sting Ray was professionally restored by a seasoned enthusiast who wanted to capitalize on timeless beauty and decades of improved mechanicals. During its ground-up rebuild, completed in early 2016, the car was fully disassembled, fitted with fresh Sermersheim's quarters and bolted to a new Sermersheim's front-clip. Once those components were aligned and smooth, brilliant Metallic Silver 2-stage was complemented with a glowing Metallic Red Stinger Stripe and buffed to a wet looking shine. And today, this striking Vette presents glowing road warrior aesthetics that, simply put, possess much more presence than any traditional, candy-tinted classic.
Aggressive styling wrapped in aggressive paint is one thing. But, in order for this Chevy to be completely over-the-top, the restorers added a full roster of fresh, handpicked details. The car opens with traditional 'razor blade' bumpers, which center a stainless-trimmed 'egg crate' grille between amber parking lamps. Above that grille, a requisite cross-flag emblem leads the eye to a familiar Stinger Hood, which founds polished wipers, tinted glass and polished pillar trim beneath color-keyed Stayfast cloth. At the sides of that hood, a sculpted profile hangs chrome door handles and a small bowtie mirror between modernist Fuel Injection emblems, and polished and shielded side-pipes. And at the back of that profile, a Corvette-branded decklid centers an ornate fuel filler above monochromatic taillights and two more 'razor blade' bumpers.
The base model Vette has always been a highly competent, ready-made package. In the mid-60s, the car's go-to mill was GM's 327 cubic inch L30 small block. In the late-2000s, the car's go-to mill was GM's 6.2 liter Generation IV V8. That said; it doesn't seem unnatural that this roadster's classic hood veils a lightweight LS3. Widely considered one of the world's greatest powerplants, GM's Generation IV LS3 utilizes aluminum construction, high-flow heads, a high-flow intake, an aggressive cam and an upgraded injection system to mix hours of thrills with years of impressive reliability. At 430 horsepower, the smooth revving engine is certainly no slouch in the performance department. And, as with the exterior of this Chevy, there are many well-planned upgrades that impress show goers and speed freaks alike. GM's familiar fuel rail covers sport modern Corvette graphics. The engine's factory serpentine system is fronted with a flash of billet aluminum. A short, polished air tube terminates with a Spectre reusable filter element. There's a beefy DeWitts radiator that's equipped with efficient SPAL puller fans. And modern power steering combines with GM manifolds, AC Delco plug wires and a familiar Wilwood master cylinder to detail an otherwise purpose-built performer. As you'd expect, the fresh motor fires instantly and runs perfectly. And the glorious sound of its rowdy 378 cubic inches growling through chambered side pipes is enough to send chills right down your spine!
Park this roadster on a lift and you'll find a custom Street Shop chassis that's been dipped in red pigment and bolted to clean, Satin Black floor tubs. Behind the stout small block, a reliable Tremec 5-speed, sourced directly from American Powertrain, twists torque to a rugged Dana 44 differential. That first-class drivetrain rides a fourth generation Corvette independent suspension that, thanks to the pros at Street Shop Inc., backs fresh aluminum componentry with adjustable QA-1 coil-overs. Turns come courtesy of modern power rack-and-pinion steering. Smooth and solid stops are provided by color-keyed GM calipers, which clamp four vented rotors. Exhaust rolls from the previously mentioned manifolds to the aforementioned side pipes. And power meets the pavement through chrome C7 Stingray-style wheels, which spin 245/45R18 Ohtsu FP7000s in front of 255/45R18 Ohtsu FP7000s.
Inside this Chevy you'll find a nostalgic red interior that puts the high class in high style. Deluxe leather seats prop small headrests behind standard lap belts. In front of those mitts, a 2-tone dash seats a direct-fit radio, modern climate control and an analog clock between a locking glovebox and fully rebuilt telemetry. Under that dash, a small console centers a booted shifter between color-keyed floor mats. Opposite that island, good-looking door panels trace pliable armrests with clean chrome handles and bright stainless trim. And in front of the driver, an attractive steering wheel spins satin spokes around a traditional cross-flag horn button.
OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATIONA small stack of component paperwork
Logging just two miles since it rolled out of the restoration shop, this Corvette is primed to be driven, shown and enjoyed in any way its new owner sees fit. With its stout small block, modern Tremec transmission, impressive chassis and blazing-hot appearance, the car will be right at home participating in Goodguys AutoCross OR occupying the front row of a major car show. Have you been eyeing the pro-touring movement, patiently waiting for the right classic? Call your friends at RK Motors Charlotte and turn anticipation into adrenaline!