What do the numbers 24, 72 and 96 have in common? Those are the totals, IN HOURS, that our last three 1967 Chevrolet Corvette pro-touring cars sat on our RK Motors Charlotte showroom floor. And for good reason: they’re some of the meanest, most exclusive and most enjoyable muscle cars on the planet! This 1967 pro-touring roadster is a top notch, no compromises C2 that will unquestionably draw a crowd wherever it goes. Despite its exceptionally well done modifications, which include a modern 521 horsepower V8, a strip ready driveline and a massaged fiberglass body, none of the pure, basic goodness of its beloved design has been compromised. And best of all, that fresh technology provides an athleticism and performance envelope that will embarrass pretty much anything on the road. If you’re one of those enthusiasts who enjoys being at the pinnacle of style, the top of the leader board and the front of the car show, this world class pro-tourer is the car you’ve been dreaming of!
This slick C2 Sting Ray’s body is a never-been-hit ’67 and, as you can tell, the very talented craftsmen at Corvette Restorations AZ treated it to a lot of time and some amazing fiberglass work. Even 45 years after it was launched, Larry Shinoda’s brilliant design still speaks for itself. And the car’s only noteworthy modifications include a couple of bolt-ons that combine both form and function to create a more aggressive front clip, and massaged fenders which perfectly frame its massive wheels and tires. Unlike most concours restored Vettes, this Sting Ray features exceptional fit and finish which, with the car’s bright paint, is definitely a design statement. And speaking of bright paint, the car’s sinuous form has been bathed in a vivid coat of Enzo Ferrari Yellow urethane that shines just as bright as the day it left the spray booth. It may be true that there’s no such thing as a perfect car; but this killer Corvette pro-tourer is about as close as you can get!
The cool thing about a pro-touring Corvette is that you’re taking an already aggressive design and adding a ton of race-bred technology which elevates the car’s personality and performance to a whole new level. It’s kind of like rebuilding the Incredible Hulk with components from the Terminator to create one mean, ass kicking machine; and this ’67 Sting Ray definitely looks the part! At the front of the car, a body-width stainless grille sits inside of show worthy stainless trim which is bordered by two chrome trimmed parking lights, a razor blade style chrome bumper and a custom molded chin spoiler. Above that grille a 1967-exclusive stinger hood, which has been detailed with a gloss black stripe and fresh chrome trim, rides in front of like-new glass that is cleared by bright stainless wipers, framed by excellent looking stainless trim and capped by a black Al Knoch top. Below that glass flared front fenders hang correct 1967-exclusive heat extractors in front of pristine bowtie mirrors, correct chrome door handles, satin black rocker trim and custom black side pipes that are complete with stainless heat shields. Behind that glass, a full stainless roll bar is centered between super-wide flared rear fenders and a smooth rear decklid that is complete with both a body-matched fuel filler and a pristine “Corvette Sting Ray” emblem. And at the back of the car, two centered reverse lamps combine with four traditional Corvette tail lights to illuminate a chrome trimmed tag bracket and two more pristine, razor blade style bumpers.
While the exterior of this awesome yellow roadster provides the kind of radical good looks you might find encased in velvet ropes on the show field, it’s what lives underneath the car’s functional stinger hood that separates the beauty queens from the road warriors. Professionally built by Arizona Speed and Marine in Phoenix, Arizona, this Sting Ray’s 6.0 liter LS2 Generation IV V8 utilizes an aluminum block, a Competition camshaft and high performance heads that are equipped with severe duty push rods and titanium retainers to churn out a super car killing 521 horsepower! At the top of that engine, a custom fabricated cowl induction system funnels wind from a reusable filter element to a traditional LS2 high-flow intake manifold via a custom fabricated chrome air tube. Once that air is present and accounted for, a GM electronic fuel injection system jets dino blood through stainless fuel rails to high pressure fuel injectors, and GM factory coils shoot sparks into high performance MSD plug wires. The resultant high compression combustion is cooled by a Be Cool 700 horsepower Super Street aluminum radiator which sends water past two 11 inch puller fans and a polished overflow tank to fresh hoses and a body-matched water pump. And the subsequent spent gases are evacuated through a pair of custom fabricated long tube headers which flow straight into the car’s custom fabricated side pipes. In front of the engine a modern serpentine system, which has been fully outfitted with chrome pulleys and chrome brackets, spins both a chrome alternator and polished AC compressor; and behind the engine, a straight, unaltered firewall hangs a factory wiper motor next to a modern brake booster and master cylinder. The hot small block wears body-matched fuel rail covers and a thick coat of body-matched high temp engine paint which looks much better than the black on silver color combo of factory fresh LS2s. And a full array of details such as polished stainless lines, high quality braided hoses, chrome hood hardware and even a chrome oil cap provide a finished appearance that most modern engines simply can’t achieve.
Throw this Corvette up on a lift and the first thing you’ll notice is four bright yellow brake calipers that squeeze four equally impressive slotted brake rotors. The second thing you’ll notice is a bright yellow scatter shield that’s bolted to a Tremec TKO600 5-speed manual transmission. Those yellow calipers, which are four piston “Corvette” branded C5 units up front and four piston “Delco Moraine” branded C3 units out back, provide excellent stops and modern car cornering thanks to a heavy duty Hydroboost brake system. And that precise transmission sends all the small block’s massive power from carbon fiber clutch packs to a new Fast-Corvette differential that’s equipped with pebble crushing 3.70 gears. Of course, those brakes couldn’t sufficiently corner without the car’s modern power rack and pinion steering and fresh Bilstein shocks. And that rear end couldn’t sufficiently hook up without the car’s Vette Brakes and Products fiberglass transverse rear leaf spring and suspension kit. The car’s satin black floor and frame are virtually spotless; and everything from its fresh stainless steel fuel tank to its monoleaf front suspension is fully finished, superbly restored and displays very little use. And all this top notch Corvette hardware rides on a spectacular set of 18 inch Foose Nitrous Thrust wheels which follow 245/40 front Falken Azenis performance radials with 275/35 rear Falken Azenis performance radials.
Open this Corvette’s lightweight fiberglass doors and you’ll find an OEM-quality standard vinyl interior which has been tastefully updated with both stylish trim components and modern technology. At the center of the car firm bucket seats, which were completely rebuilt during the recent restoration, ride between a six-point roll bar that’s bolted to the car’s frame and like-new black carpet that’s sandwiched between color-keyed Sting Ray floor mats and Dynamat Dynaliner sound deadening. In front of those seats stylish aircraft-inspired gauges, which now operate electronically, perfectly complement brushed metal panels on both the car’s glove box and center console. At the sides of those seats, great looking stainless trimmed door panels hang chrome handles, chrome window cranks, and chrome lock knobs above perfectly placed plastic armrests. And between those seats, a waterfall dash interface begins at a continuous motion clock and cascades through controls for the car’s Vintage Air climate system and MP3 compatible Custom Auto Sound head unit to the base of a fully functional chrome shifter and chrome switches for the car’s power windows. In front of the driver, a flat bottom, three-spoke steering wheel spins on top of a polished tilt steering column that’s complete with a full set of billet stalks. And behind the driver, a fully carpeted storage compartment displays absolutely no wear and tear at all.
Included with the sale of this killer Corvette is a CD full of restoration photos, a stack of build receipts and a stack of component manuals.
No matter how much of a purist you might be, you have to admit this Sting Ray is one seriously cool car! Everything that’s great about the car’s original design remains intact; and the added technology transforms that design into a one-of-a-kind custom that will never be duplicated! If you’re looking for the perfect opportunity to own a car that has it all, your search is over! But remember, the clock is ticking…