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When fast-rising GM designer Larry Shinoda and his Corvette styling team began work on the second-generation Corvette Sting Ray, it is unlikely that they could have possibly foreseen the enduring impact it would have on the car world. Immediately considered a modern classic, the Sting Ray’s aggressive lines and sleek profile were perfectly suited to its role as GM’s image and performance leader. Mechanically, a fast-growing list of powertrain options and Zora Arkus-Duntov’s simple yet effective independent rear suspension, followed by the long-awaited availability of four-wheel disc brakes in 1965, made the Corvette a true sports car capable of taking on – and beating – the world’s best.
The 1967 model year was a Corvette milestone, marking the end of production for the landmark second-generation models that are also known as the ‘C2’ or mid-year Corvette. Interestingly, while 1966 was supposed to have been the last model year of this body style, production delays on the upcoming Mako Shark show car-inspired ‘C3’ Corvette design necessitated the extension of the mid-year production run for one additional year. As a result, the cars were only slightly re-styled for 1967 but today, they remain highly coveted as the most refined second-generation Corvette produced.
While the big-block Corvettes, available from 1965, dominated the headlines, knowledgeable Corvette performance enthusiasts selected the RPO (Regular Production Option) L79 327 cubic inch V-8 engine for power. Featuring free-breathing cylinder heads, an aluminum intake mounting a 600-CFM Holley four-barrel carb, a high-performance hydraulic cam – the first of its kind, and low-restriction exhaust manifolds, the L79 carried a stout 350-horsepower power rating and the L79 option delivered performance approaching that of the big-block cars in a much lighter package maintaining the Corvette’s outstanding weight distribution and handling. In addition to the excellent performance and ease of maintenance it offered, the L79 option added just $105 to the Corvette’s base price – an outstanding value then and now.
This highly desirable L79 Corvette Convertible from 1967 is a matching numbers example that clearly benefits from a complete, frame-off restoration with the work performed including a professional rebuild of its high-performance engine. Striking in its black exterior finish complemented by a Bright Blue interior, this high-specification 1967 Corvette is accompanied by a restored black vinyl hardtop. A highly desirable example from the final ‘C2’ model year, powered by the legendary L79 327 engine, it “ticks all the boxes” for a great classic Corvette buy!