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1966 Sting Ray 427

The 1966 Sting Ray’s styling was very similar to the ’65’s, but there were some subtle changes. The Corvette “script” emblem was an elongated, more vertical style and was affixed to the hood and rear deck. The grille was now a plated, square mesh, cast unit. The roof B-pillar vents that had been both functional and non-functional in previous mid-year Corvettes (1964-1965) were now deleted. Another cool thing about the ’66? This was the intro year for the legendary 427!

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1965 Sting Ray: The First Big-Block Corvette


The 1965 Sting Ray marked the third year of “C2” production. All models were manufactured at GM’s St. Louis Assembly. 1965 was the first year a big-block engine would find its way between the fenderwells of a Corvette, in the form of a Mark IV 396 generating 425 horsepower. Styling changes included removing the hood depressions that were common to the 1963 and ’64 models. The horizontal grille bars were now black with the outer grille trim remaining bright – this made the ’65’s grille one of a kind. Also, the front fender “gills” now sported three functional, vertical slots.

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1968 Corvette L88

1968 Corvette L88

Although the wheelbase and most of the chassis carried over from 1967, the 1968 Corvette was an all-new design, and marked the start of “C3” production. Both the exterior and interior of the new car were completely restyled. The coupes now featured removable T-tops as well as a removable rear window. Production for ’68 was 28,566 units, made up of 9,936 Coupes and 18,630 Convertibles. Only 80 of the coupes were L88-equipped.

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The Most Collectible Corvettes

The Most Collectible Corvettes. As we all know, not all cars are made the same. Throughout GM’s history, they have always tried to spike up the offerings of their cars with special editions, unique options, or something special with low production numbers. All of this has spurned on a customer’s desire for one of these “limited” cars. The Corvette is no different. For Chevrolet’s flagship brand, it started in 1953 with only 300 cars produced to compete with the European imports. And, GM was one step ahead by using movie stars to help promote the Corvette and to test the waters for future production. That strategy obviously worked. In 1954, 3,640 Corvettes rolled of the assembly line – over ten times the 1953 production. GM felt they had a hit, and from what I see now, they were right on!

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The Origins of the Big Tank Corvette


Back in the 1960s, Chevrolet was not in the business of racing. The SCCA had a ban on factory-sponsored racecars, but that didn’t stop GM’s Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov. Duntov did his best to conjure up a high performance package for Corvette that would enable the car to compete with Shelby’s Ford-powered Cobra at the racetracks. That package was designated RPO Z06.

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The Most Collectible Corvette in History

1969 ZL-1 Corvette: The Story of One of The Rarest Corvettes Ever Produced!

Yes, we did manage to locate the Holy Grail of all Corvettes. The mythical 1969 ZL-1! Chevrolet built just two of these cars that year. What is a ZL-1? It was an option that consisted merely of an aluminum engine block. That engine block was of the L-88 variety: the vaunted 427. In factory stock form, the engine generated well over 500 horsepower at 7,000 rpm. Not to mention a big weight savings over the cast iron L-88s.

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Two C1 Corvettes Found in an Illinois Barn

“You’ll never find the barn. Meet us at the Dairy Queen in town. Call us when you get there.” Larry Fisette was about to embark on another old-car hunt, this one for Corvettes — both C1s — preserved on blocks in the same barn since 1973. Fisette, who lives in Wisconsin where he runs the De Pere Auto Center, got this phone call a week earlier from a man in Illinoi

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Corvette Z06 Convertible: Future Collectible

You and I really love our old classics. We grew up with these cars and have had some history with them, but we really need to look to the future of what will be the next collector classics. One great example is the new Corvette Z06 Convertible– 2015 or 2016 model– this car will be a collector piece right off the showroom floor. As is typical, the value will drop for a while, but then it will start to rise. At some point, this will be another 1963 Split Window Coupe-type collector car.

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