Introduced in late 1962, the all-new Corvette Sting Ray was a watershed in the Corvette’s development. Road & Track described its impact in 1975 as “something of an engineering tour de force, especially for the cost-conscious domestic car industry. And if the 1963 wasn’t quite perfect…it was to be refined steadily over the next four years under the able guidance of Zora Arkus-Duntov, acquiring better engineering and shedding styling excesses.”
Equipped with a modern ball-joint front suspension and a revolutionary yet remarkably simple independent rear suspension system, the Corvette matured into a true sports car. Carefully and continuously improved, it finally gained disc brakes at all four corners in 1965 and continued to feature an expanding list of available powertrain combinations.
While many focus on the fuel-injected and big-block models of the era, the basic 327 cubic inch V8 engine provided a winning combination of high performance with ease of maintenance and operation in the lightweight Corvette. In fact, with 360 ft-lbs of torque, the 300 hp 327 was a very capable performer, whether mated to a four-speed or the available Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California.
300 hp, 327 cu. in. V8 engine, single four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with upper and lower A-arms and coil springs, independent rear suspension with half-shafts, lateral struts, radius rods and a single transverse leaf spring, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98".
Source: RM Auctions
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