In 1963, Chevrolet released an all-new Corvette to replace the C1 generation. This Corvette featured a high beltline and the body featured more chiseled lines. The C2 Generation `Vette was nicknamed the “Sting Ray” by its designers, Bill Mitchell and Larry Shinoda, and that eventually became adopted as part of the name and the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray was born.
The 1967 model year was the final one for the Sting Ray, but it was also its peak year, as its top level L88 427 cubic-inch power plant produced upwards of 500 horsepower, even though Chevy claimed it only produced 430 horsepower. The lower engines, the L68 427 and L71 427, were no chumps either, pumping out 400 horsepower and 435 horsepower, respectively.
Classic car specialists, RK Motors Charlotte, decided that the stock Sting Ray was just not enough and decided to heavily modify this classic muscle car. The resulting vehicle is the sexy and ultra-desirable 1967 Corvette Sting Rat Pro Touring, a one-off special edition designed by the folks at RKM.
Typically, we are totally against the hacking up of a classic muscle sports car like the Sting Ray, but RKM has a habit of improving these cars without ruining the original look and feel of them.
Click past the jump to read our full review and see if RKM hit a homerun, or struck out, with this Pro Touring Sting Ray.
RKM began the task of creating this pro touring Sting Ray by acquiring a 1967 Sting Ray roadster body that was in nearly perfect condition. They proceeded to completely strip the body down to the fiberglass and performed mild body work to make it as flawless as possible. After massaging out the kinks, they added on some simple bolt-on body components that add to the already aggressive look of this Corvette.
The most notable of these bolt-on body enhancements is the spoiler located directly under the perfectly restored stock bumper. RM draped a thick coating of Enzo Ferrari Yellow over this fiberglass body and polished it to a mirror-like shine. Atop the stock hood is a tapered racing stripe in a high-gloss black that stretches the entire length of the hood.
The remainder of the body remains pretty much stock. It features the stock chrome-surrounded marker lights on the outside of the body, just below the bumper. The headlights are the standard pop-up headlights that the Sting Ray featured when new, but RKM’s restoration department made certain that they closed so that the lines were flawlessly aligned between the body and the lights. Under these lights is a perfectly restored stainless steel grille.
The convertible top is brand new from Al Knoch and the windshield glass is brand new without even as much of a scratch on it. Brand new stainless steel wiper arms and trim accent the windshield well.
The fenders feature the original five heat-extraction louvers and the beltline on each fender is perfectly formed. Underneath each sharply formed fender is an 18-inch Foose Nitrous Thrust chrome wheel that looks right at home tucked inside the fender well.
Along the sides of this Pro Touring Corvette are the original chrome door handles, which are polished to a mirror-like shine. The side pipes are covered with stainless steel heat shields that are perfectly polished. To help modernize the exterior while maintaining a classic look are the dual chrome bowtie mirrors.
On the rear of the car, there’s the fuel filler door that is beautifully restored to match the body color, but it also features a nice chrome border and the standard Corvette emblem. Heading toward the perfectly restored split rear bumper, you have a mint condition “Corvette Sting Ray” decal and a beautiful set of quad taillights. The lack of rear-exit exhaust really gives the back end the clean finish that the original Sting Ray didn’t have.
Overall, RKM did an absolutely amazing job with the exterior of this Sting Ray `Vette. It is the perfect marriage of classic styling with a modern touch. They were extremely careful not to overdo the exterior and eliminate the original good looks of the Sting Ray. Good form, RKM, good form indeed!
On the inside of this `67 Sting Ray you get more of the combination of classic styling with modern technology. The two seats have been fully rebuilt and restored, using factory-quality black vinyl. Protecting the people inside of this beautiful machine is a six-point roll bar covered in perfectly polished chrome. The black carpeting draped on the floorboards looks nearly as good as it did when it rolled off of the assembly line.
Protecting this mint carpeting is a pair of black floor mats featuring “Corvette Sting Ray” embroidering. Behind the flat-bottomed racing steering wheel, which dons three chrome posts and a black ring, is a beautiful set of gauges – water temperature, oil pressure, amp gauge, fuel gauge, 200 mph speedometer, and tachometer. To boot, these gauges are no longer inaccurate mechanical gizmos like you had in the 1967 Sing Ray. They are now electronically operated, giving them better accuracy and longevity.
The center stack features a beautiful clock that you would be proud to hang on your wall. Just underneath this clock is a set of knobs, which control the Vintage Air air-conditioning system that RKM had installed, so there is no sweating on those extra-hot days. As you head downward, you will find what looks to be a radio from the 1960s. Upon further evaluation, you will notice there is a “CD” button, which means this `Vette has a CD changer hidden somewhere, plus this radio features MP3 playback capability.
On the center console is a gorgeous all-chrome shifter that is wrapped by a black boot. Around the shifter is a brushed stainless steel bezel that really looks like it belongs in the `67 `Vette. Behind the shifter are the power window buttons. The same brushed stainless paneling is also used just to trim the glove box, rounding out the retro-looking dashboard.
The door panels are beautifully done in the same black vinyl as the seats and feature chrome strips to accent it. Also donning chrome is the pull handle, door handle, lock levers and window cranks. Yeah, even though this car has power windows, it also features manual window cranks. There is no word on whether or not the cranks rotate when rolling down the windows manually, which can be very painful if your finger gets pinched.
Keeping the interior quiet is a thick layer of Dynamat Dynaliner sound deadening insulation. This makes the interior of this `Vette just as whisper quiet as a brand new car, something most classic cars are in serious need of. This 1967 Pro Touring Sting Ray Corvette is absolutely stunning. Just like the exterior, RKM did a wonderful job of modernizing the `Vette while maintaining its classical look and feel. Bravo, RK motors!
Engine and Drivetrain
Likely the most modern hunk of equipment on this Sting Ray Corvette lies underneath its stinger hood. The engine is no longer the factory 427, but rather a more modern LS2 6.0-liter V-8. This isn’t your typical 6.0-liter LS2 V-8, as it features an aggressive Competition cam paired with high-performance cylinder heads, which feature heavy-duty pushrods and titanium retainers to help this engine handle higher load. All of these aftermarket improvements turn this V-8 into a 521-horsepower monster.
RKM also fitted this V-8 with a set of high-capacity fuel injectors, a custom intake system, and an MSD high-performance ignition wires. Bolted to the side of the engine is a set of custom built long tube headers that extend out to the side pipes.
Keeping things cool under the hood is a 700-horsepwoer Super Street aluminum radiator. A set of two 11-inch cooling fans suck the heat from the coolant as it flows through the radiator.
To help bling out the engine compartment a little, RKM added in a chrome alternator, A/C compressor, hood hardware, oil cap, and pulleys. They also painted the engine block and engine cover the same Enzo Ferrari Yellow as the body, making everything flow perfectly together, even with the hood opened.
Tossing the power to the rear axle is a TKO600 five-speed transmission, which gives you that extra overdrive gear that the standard `67 Corvette’s four-speed transmission did not. The rear differential features a set of 3.70 gears. These gears will disappoint those that love precise acceleration, as they are too short for torque maximizing. Fortunately, they do allow the 521-horsepower V-8 engine to reach highway speeds – and then some – with comfort.
Overall, we absolutely love the combination of this sexy muscle car with modern muscle under the hood. Sure, original cars are fun, but you cannot beat a 1967 `Vette that features a LS2 engine!
Handling and Braking
On all four corners of this Corvette are brand new Bilstein shock absorbers. On the front and rear suspensions you also have transverse mounted fiberglass leaf springs by VPB to tie each side of the suspension together while allowing them to work independently.
On the front end, there are disc brakes with C5 Corvette four-piston brake calipers squeezing cross-drilled rotors. On the backside, the car gets another set of disc brakes with Delco Moraine four-piston calipers squeezing similar cross-drilled rotors. The heart of the brake system is completely modern, as this `Vette features a hydraulic master cylinder with vacuum brake booster.
Wrapped around the aftermarket chrome wheels , there’s a set of 245/40R18 Falken Azenis tires on the front and a significantly wider set of 275/35R18 Falken Azenis tires on the rear. These tires are mighty sticky, but are no good in snow and ice, and they tend to wear out very quickly, so drive moderately on them.
The suspension and braking systems on this Corvette Pro Touring are absolutely awesome. They allow this Corvette to handle the way it should have when it left the factory.
A top-end 1967 Sting Ray maxes out at roughly $77,000, per NADA, so what would you expect of a modernized and fully restored mint condition Sting Ray? Well, RKM has placed a $159,900 price tag on this monster. Even though that is about double the value of a pristine condition `67 Sting Ray, we still think that is very reasonable for a fully customized and modernized mint condition model.
The only competition we can come up with for a model like this is one that just so happens to be sitting in the same RK Motors Charlotte showroom as this Corvette. That is the 1971 Viper `Cuda built by Time Machines.
This model features a perfectly restored 1971 `Cuda body sitting atop the chassis of a 2001 Dodge Viper. The body design of this `Cuda is stunning and Time Machines did a great job on the restorations. Where this job loses us is that the `Cuda’s interior was mainly from its Viper donor. We would have preferred to have seen a more retro interior styling to better fit the old-school exterior.
Another down point on the Viper `Cuda is the fact that the 1967 pro touring `Vette laughs at the paltry 450 horsepower that the Viper’s massive V-10 pumps out. Needless to say, the 1967 Pro Touring Corvette would eat the Viper `Cuda for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even a late-night snack.
Considering the Viper `Cuda features a price tag $40,000 higher than the `Vette, we suggest opting for the Sting Ray, but hurry up, as RKM sells out of pro touring Corvettes very quickly.
Yes, the price tag may seem like a lot of money relative to the base car’s actual value. You have to take into account the fact that this car took a ton of work to turn it into the monster that it is and that it truly is a one-of-a-kind machine. We give you the green light to snag this one up, given you have about $200K to spare.
- Supercar killing power
- Beautifully modified without destroying its look
- Fair pricing for the modifications
- No performance specs given
What do the numbers 24, 72 and 96 have in common? Those are the totals, IN HOURS, that our last three 1967 Chevrolet Corvette pro-touring cars sat on our RK Motors Charlotte showroom floor. And for good reason: they’re some of the meanest, most exclusive and most enjoyable muscle cars on the planet! This 1967 pro-touring roadster is a top notch, no compromises C2 that will unquestionably draw a crowd wherever it goes. Despite its exceptionally well done modifications, which include a modern 521 horsepower V8, a strip ready driveline and a massaged fiberglass body, none of the pure, basic goodness of its beloved design has been compromised. And best of all, that fresh technology provides an athleticism and performance envelope that will embarrass pretty much anything on the road. If you’re one of those enthusiasts who enjoys being at the pinnacle of style, the top of the leader board and the front of the car show, this world class pro-tourer is the car you’ve been dreaming of!
This slick C2 Sting Ray’s body is a never-been-hit ’67 and, as you can tell, the very talented craftsmen at Corvette Restorations AZ treated it to a lot of time and some amazing fiberglass work. Even 45 years after it was launched, Larry Shinoda’s brilliant design still speaks for itself. And the car’s only noteworthy modifications include a couple of bolt-ons that combine both form and function to create a more aggressive front clip, and massaged fenders which perfectly frame its massive wheels and tires. Unlike most concours restored Vettes, this Sting Ray features exceptional fit and finish which, with the car’s bright paint, is definitely a design statement. And speaking of bright paint, the car’s sinuous form has been bathed in a vivid coat of Enzo Ferrari Yellow urethane that shines just as bright as the day it left the spray booth. It may be true that there’s no such thing as a perfect car; but this killer Corvette pro-tourer is about as close as you can get!
The cool thing about a pro-touring Corvette is that you’re taking an already aggressive design and adding a ton of race-bred technology which elevates the car’s personality and performance to a whole new level. It’s kind of like rebuilding the Incredible Hulk with components from the Terminator to create one mean, ass kicking machine; and this ’67 Sting Ray definitely looks the part! At the front of the car, a body-width stainless grille sits inside of show worthy stainless trim which is bordered by two chrome trimmed parking lights, a razor blade style chrome bumper and a custom molded chin spoiler. Above that grille a 1967-exclusive stinger hood, which has been detailed with a gloss black stripe and fresh chrome trim, rides in front of like-new glass that is cleared by bright stainless wipers, framed by excellent looking stainless trim and capped by a black Al Knoch top. Below that glass flared front fenders hang correct 1967-exclusive heat extractors in front of pristine bowtie mirrors, correct chrome door handles, satin black rocker trim and custom black side pipes that are complete with stainless heat shields. Behind that glass, a full stainless roll bar is centered between super-wide flared rear fenders and a smooth rear decklid that is complete with both a body-matched fuel filler and a pristine “Corvette Sting Ray” emblem. And at the back of the car, two centered reverse lamps combine with four traditional Corvette tail lights to illuminate a chrome trimmed tag bracket and two more pristine, razor blade style bumpers.
While the exterior of this awesome yellow roadster provides the kind of radical good looks you might find encased in velvet ropes on the show field, it’s what lives underneath the car’s functional stinger hood that separates the beauty queens from the road warriors. Professionally built by Arizona Speed and Marine in Phoenix, Arizona, this Sting Ray’s 6.0 liter LS2 Generation IV V8 utilizes an aluminum block, a Competition camshaft and high performance heads that are equipped with severe duty push rods and titanium retainers to churn out a super car killing 521 horsepower! At the top of that engine, a custom fabricated cowl induction system funnels wind from a reusable filter element to a traditional LS2 high-flow intake manifold via a custom fabricated chrome air tube. Once that air is present and accounted for, a GM electronic fuel injection system jets dino blood through stainless fuel rails to high pressure fuel injectors, and GM factory coils shoot sparks into high performance MSD plug wires. The resultant high compression combustion is cooled by a Be Cool 700 horsepower Super Street aluminum radiator which sends water past two 11 inch puller fans and a polished overflow tank to fresh hoses and a body-matched water pump. And the subsequent spent gases are evacuated through a pair of custom fabricated long tube headers which flow straight into the car’s custom fabricated side pipes. In front of the engine a modern serpentine system, which has been fully outfitted with chrome pulleys and chrome brackets, spins both a chrome alternator and polished AC compressor; and behind the engine, a straight, unaltered firewall hangs a factory wiper motor next to a modern brake booster and master cylinder. The hot small block wears body-matched fuel rail covers and a thick coat of body-matched high temp engine paint which looks much better than the black on silver color combo of factory fresh LS2s. And a full array of details such as polished stainless lines, high quality braided hoses, chrome hood hardware and even a chrome oil cap provide a finished appearance that most modern engines simply can’t achieve.
Throw this Corvette up on a lift and the first thing you’ll notice is four bright yellow brake calipers that squeeze four equally impressive slotted brake rotors. The second thing you’ll notice is a bright yellow scatter shield that’s bolted to a Tremec TKO600 5-speed manual transmission. Those yellow calipers, which are four piston “Corvette” branded C5 units up front and four piston “Delco Moraine” branded C3 units out back, provide excellent stops and modern car cornering thanks to a heavy duty Hydroboost brake system. And that precise transmission sends all the small block’s massive power from carbon fiber clutch packs to a new Fast-Corvette differential that’s equipped with pebble crushing 3.70 gears. Of course, those brakes couldn’t sufficiently corner without the car’s modern power rack and pinion steering and fresh Bilstein shocks. And that rear end couldn’t sufficiently hook up without the car’s Vette Brakes and Products fiberglass transverse rear leaf spring and suspension kit. The car’s satin black floor and frame are virtually spotless; and everything from its fresh stainless steel fuel tank to its monoleaf front suspension is fully finished, superbly restored and displays very little use. And all this top notch Corvette hardware rides on a spectacular set of 18 inch Foose Nitrous Thrust wheels which follow 245/40 front Falken Azenis performance radials with 275/35 rear Falken Azenis performance radials.
Open this Corvette’s lightweight fiberglass doors and you’ll find an OEM-quality standard vinyl interior which has been tastefully updated with both stylish trim components and modern technology. At the center of the car firm bucket seats, which were completely rebuilt during the recent restoration, ride between a six-point roll bar that’s bolted to the car’s frame and like-new black carpet that’s sandwiched between color-keyed Sting Ray floor mats and Dynamat Dynaliner sound deadening. In front of those seats stylish aircraft-inspired gauges, which now operate electronically, perfectly complement brushed metal panels on both the car’s glove box and center console. At the sides of those seats, great looking stainless trimmed door panels hang chrome handles, chrome window cranks, and chrome lock knobs above perfectly placed plastic armrests. And between those seats, a waterfall dash interface begins at a continuous motion clock and cascades through controls for the car’s Vintage Air climate system and MP3 compatible Custom Auto Sound head unit to the base of a fully functional chrome shifter and chrome switches for the car’s power windows. In front of the driver, a flat bottom, three-spoke steering wheel spins on top of a polished tilt steering column that’s complete with a full set of billet stalks. And behind the driver, a fully carpeted storage compartment displays absolutely no wear and tear at all.
Included with the sale of this killer Corvette is a CD full of restoration photos, a stack of build receipts and a stack of component manuals.
No matter how much of a purist you might be, you have to admit this Sting Ray is one seriously cool car! Everything that’s great about the car’s original design remains intact; and the added technology transforms that design into a one-of-a-kind custom that will never be duplicated! If you’re looking for the perfect opportunity to own a car that has it all, your search is over! But remember, the clock is ticking…