Tampa Bay Ray | ’67 Stingray
Tampa Bay Ray
Thom’s 1967 Corvette Stingray
It’s nearly the 4th of July and what better way to celebrate than to feature a Classic American Car.
A History Lesson,
For over 60 years Chevrolet has been working on the Corvette. Crafting an American icon that has improved with each generation. My personal favorite is the second generation and I managed to get some time with this beautiful ’67 recently.
This car is nearly 50 years old. The majority of our audience is less than half of that age, so before an interview with the owner I decided to throw in a quick history lesson on the Corvette and what led to the success of the second generation.
Rushed into production in 1953 the Corvette was considered a flop by many. During its early years a solid rear end, six cylinder engine, 2 speed automatic, and use of parts borrowed from other models led owners and reviewers to not even consider it a sports car. Public opinion nearly made GM write off the Corvette project all together.
While worrying about cancellation and still on a tight budget, for this unproven car, the Corvette team began to shape this iconic sports car. They started fitting V8 engines, a manual transmission, fuel injection, and worked on improving the fiberglass bodies. By 1962 the Corvette had finally cemented its place in the Chevrolet line-up.
In 1963 Chevrolet brought the world the Stingray. The C2 Corvette showed the world Detroit was serious about building a sports car. Immediately you see the striking exterior. Inside of the beautiful package GM stuffed independent suspension, a V8, and better weight distribution. Reviews for the second generation Corvette were great. Its power, handling, and grip were ahead of the time. The C2 Corvette was track ready straight from the showroom floor.
1967 Corvette Stingray, 327 Small Block
features on the car. However, that 327 badge tells the truth about the small block hiding underneath.
According to the GM build sheet the side pipes were a factory installed option on this Stingray. The odd part about that choice is the original owner declined the radio option, which at the time was only $37. That oversight led to this being an unusual ‘radio-delete’ model since the majority of owners opted for the radio install. To enjoy music over the sound of the side pipes you may notice the aftermarket head unit installed under the dashboard. The speakers are in the rear hatch area and as with the radio and hood everything is removable to go back to original.
Thom, the owner of this Corvette, is a judge for the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS). You might assume he knows the ins and outs of all Corvettes, and you wouldn’t be wrong. Not surprisingly though the C2 happens to be his favorite generation. He was sure to mention that this is the 15th ‘63-‘67 Corvette that he has owned. He seems to have an unconditional love of Corvettes and I really don’t think he will stop enjoying them anytime soon.
Normally there would be a ‘modlist’ down here… however, the modifications to this car are intentionally minimal.
- C2 Corvette big block hood (original is in storage)
- Aftermarket head unit and speakers
- C2 Corvette OEM distributor shield (This is from a C2 equipped with the optional radio and keeps interference from the ignition from effecting the radio)