John Rosatti: A Passion for the Corvette Sting Ray
Of all the classic Corvettes to ever hit the market, perhaps none are as recognizable as the second generation Corvette Sting Ray. Sometimes confused in name with the third generation Stingray or the earlier racer, the C2 series (’63-’67) is considered by many to be some of the greatest muscle cars in Corvette history, admired for their mighty engines and stylistic originality. Conceived by William Bill Mitchell, the Chevy Corvette Sting Ray is a true sports car in both design and performance.
Stylistically the C2 series is known for its unique features, including retractable headlamps, pointed fenders, and bulging hood, many of which were borrowed from the earlier Stingray racer. But design features were not the only thing borrowed, and as the years progressed so did the Sting Ray’s engine power and other performance modifications. 1963 gave us the first Sting Ray coupe with independent rear suspension, fuel injection system, and a split rear window, which was changed to a single pane window in ’64. In 1965, we saw 4 wheel disc brakes, side exhausts, and the 396 cid “big block” V8 offered. The 427 cid, along with specialized bulging hood to accommodate it, became available in ’66. And in ’67, the Sting Ray’s bulging hood was converted to a scooped hood with 5-louver fenders. For the C2 series, however, the ’67 L88 472 cid 560 hp V8 remains among the most prized. Built strictly for racing, only 20 were ever made.