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Lot 175: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray


After the war, America started its love affair with the British sports car and it did not go unnoticed that sports cars attracted customers to showrooms. At the time dream cars were a feature of American motor shows and late in 1951 Harley Earl, General Motors' chief stylist, sketched out a sports car named the Corvette which, in January 1953, was shown at the Motorama in New York. Production began in June of the same year with the standard six cylinder 160bhp engine, but by 1956 this had grown into a V8 unit. A fibreglass body was fitted from the start; early cars could reach 105mph and 115mph and the car had excellent acceleration and handling. After a number of difficult years, the Chevrolet Corvette slowly but steadily grew in popularity throughout the 1950s, and in 1960 production reached the planned 10,000 units for the first time. Ten years after the first Corvette was released, there was an all-new model for 1963. Besides the Stingray design, the car had a shorter wheelbase and was lighter, while handling was much improved by replacing the live rear axle with a double wishbone and transverse leaf spring system. One of the most striking novelties on the new Corvette was the reverse-rotational flip-up headlights which would remain a Corvette feature until the C6 was introduced in 2004. Another important change was the introduction of the coupe body style. The third generation Corvette, patterned after the Mako Shark II concept car, was introduced for the 1968 model year and was in production until 1982. Having previously undergone a $100,000 restoration, this highly desirable Corvette Stingray was first registered in the UK on 20th July 1989. The car sits on a new set of alloys and is described by the vendor as being in good condition throughout. In 2005 and 2007, this Stingray took part in the Gumball Rally, an international road rally only available to exotic and powerful sports cars. MoT'd until 25th March 2014; the car comes complete with its original owner's manual, UK V5 registration papers and has the desirable private number plate 'VET 3S' included. Here is a great opportunity to purchase an iconic American sports car from the 70's.

Lot Details
Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
Lot Number175
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Condition rating0
Registration numberVET 3S
Chassis number1287L85406528
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