Ask any Chevrolet fan to name the most desirable Corvette ever produced, and 8 out of 10 of them will probably say the 1967 Sting Ray. Make mention of a big block, side pipes, and an excellent color combination and the level of interest goes from strong to off-the-charts in a matter of seconds. No matter how good the new cars get, it’s difficult to top the direct driving experience of a midyear car. This killer ‘67 coupe wraps a Tri-Power 427 and a Muncie 4-speed transmission in one of the coolest color combinations to grace the showroom floor this year. Looking for a piece to go take to Bloomington Gold so you can stand around and argue over the finish on the headlight motor assembly screws? Expect to pay twice the price and have half of the fun.
Thanks to a recent owner history report from AutoAncestry.com we know that originally this car was delivered to City Motor Co. in Great Falls, Montana. The car was produced on Valentine’s Day of 1967 and delivered late February. PLS Rush was stamped on the tank sticker which has been verified by the NCRS document verification service as authentic. The first owner of this immaculate Sting Ray was thought to be an air force officer from Malstom AFB. The story goes that he ran the car pretty hard in its early days and blew the original engine sometime before 1969. However he ordered a replacement 427 (JE) block before trading it in. What the detailed owner history showcases is just how cherished this immaculate Vette has been throughout its life, and its current condition today shows it.
Thanks to a recent paint job the Corvette sits today in a correct coat of Rally Red. 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 and an excellent looking chrome bumper. Above the bumper, a red, white and black Corvette C2 cross flag emblem is affixed in front of a 1967 exclusive Stinger hood which has been detailed with chrome trim and black inlayed “427” emblems. Behind the hood, stainless windshield wipers clear great looking factory tinted glass which is framed by like-new stainless trim and a chrome driver’s side bowtie mirror. At the sides of the car, 1967-exclusive heat extractors ride in front of correct chrome door handles and stainless side pipes which are equipped with traditional finned heat shields. At the back of the car, a chrome trimmed center mounted Corvette fuel filler sits above a fresh black and chrome “Corvette Sting Ray” emblem. The car’s rear valence holds two centered reverse lamps and four traditional all red Corvette tail lights above a chrome trimmed tag bracket and two razor blade style bumpers.
Tip this Corvette’s hood forward and you’ll find a fully detailed period correct 427 cubic inch Tri-Power V8 which is branded with a 1967-exclusive 3904351 casting number. Introduced as the ultimate option for street-prowling Stingrays, Chevrolet’s Tri-Power big block spun a stout 11:1 compression ratio into a factory-rated 435 horsepower. At the top of this engine, a correctly decaled chrome air filter sends air into three Holley two-barrel carburetors which ride on top of an aluminum Winters intake. To the sides, OEM-style aluminum heads hide under simple chrome valve covers. At the back of the engine, a chrome-capped distributor sends spark through sleeved suppression wires which snake around correct exhaust manifolds. The front of the engine offers a correctly shrouded radiator which sends coolant through reproduction GM hoses and correct tower clamps. Bright Chevy Orange paint covers the block and, as always, looks great against a fully finished hood and satin black inner fenders. Correct decals are present and accounted for and niceties such as a fresh alternator, a reproduction Delco Energizer battery and a Delco master cylinder ensure that this Corvette runs just as good as it looks.
Flip this big block Vette upside down and you’ll find a rugged M21 Muncie 4-speed manual transmission that delivers the neck snapping launches and potent acceleration Corvettes are famous for. And at the corners of the car, standard equipment four wheel disc brakes provide sharp turns with quick stops. Above the suspension, original fiberglass floor tubs, which look factory fresh in every way, are bolted to a straight and clean satin black frame. And below that suspension, power flows to the ground through classic 15 inch steel rally wheels which spin a fresh set of 7.75x15 Goodyear Power Cushion white line rubber. Everything from this Corvettes fuel tank to its Chevrolet Orange oil pan and correctly chambered side pipes is fully sorted and ready to hit the show field.
Swing open this cars fiberglass doors and you’ll find a correct black vinyl interior which accents the Rally Red exterior quite nicely. The bucket seats show virtually no wear at all. In front of the seats, stylish aircraft-inspired gauges, which appear to be rebuilt originals, look fantastic next to the brushed metal panels on the glove box and center console. At the sides of the car, stainless trimmed door panels hold chrome handles for the car’s doors and windows above perfectly placed armrests. Above the seats, a pristine vinyl headliner is stretched tight between a new chrome mirror and fully functioning dome light, while new black carpeting covers the floors below. In the center, the dash flows into the classic waterfall design which begins at a continuous motion clock and cascades through a correctly tagged AM/FM radio to the base of a fully functional chrome shifter. In front of the driver, a nicely restored Corvette Rally wheel props glowing satin finished spokes and a slick wood rim around a pristine C2 Corvette cross flag horn button. Behind the seats, a fully carpeted storage compartment shows no signs of use at all.
If you want documentation, this Vette has plenty of it. Included in the sale are plenty of receipts, photos that date back to 1970, NCRS Top Flight award with judging sheets, a Chevrolet Great Falls dealership emblem, original Corvette order from the dealership, original owner’s protection plan, original owner’s manual, original ’67 license plate.
Big block Corvettes have been blue chip collector cars for years and show no signs of loosening their hold on the market. This ’67 coupe offers the chance to own a period correct car that won’t ever get lost in the crowd thanks to its killer color combination. The quality restoration ensures that, whether you’re simply admiring the car or touring the back roads, there won’t be any disappointments. If the time has come to fulfill your second-generation dreams, don’t miss this one.