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'67 Sting Ray Restomod detail & photos

By: mjdart 11/12/2019

Built by Corvette Artist Jeff Hayes and his American Speed Shop team, this Sting Ray combines picture-perfect aesthetics with serious mechanical prowess. The coupe’s solid body was messaged to near perfection and then finished in a luxurious Silver Pearl with a Gunmetal Stinger Stripe. 

Slip into this coupe’s sublime French-stitched cockpit and settle onto bolstered bucket seats that wrap distressed leather around modern frames. A leather trimmed dash features carbon fiber dins around Vintage Air climate control, Bluetooth-capable, direct-fit audio and with gorgeous Auto Meter American Muscle telemetry. At the base of the dash, a carbon fiber console, frames a booted Lokar shifter. Custom mesh trimmed door panels bridge the gap between premium carpet which contrast billet steel foot pedals and an ornate headliner, which shades modern power windows. And the driver commands presence through a color-keyed Billet Specialties steering wheel which laps a polished, tilting steering column. Check to door sills to reveal CNC cut finned billet aluminum with Corvette script mimicking the C2 stylevalve covers.


Check between the mesh heat extractors and you’ll find 6.2 Liters of small block fury. Officially known as Chevrolet Performance LS376-425, that hot crate engine twists a respectable 10.7 to 1 compression into 525 horsepower and 486 lb./ft of gravel pummeling torque. At the front of the block a polished air cleaner bends air into a polished throttle body which feeds a color-keyed GM intake. That air meets spark in rectangular-port L92-style heads, which ride under thick Holley fuel rails and attractive Corvette polished valve covers. A nodular crank, powdered connecting rods and hypereutectic pistons compress that volatile union. A hydraulic ASA camshaft maximizes intake efficiency through better breathing. Speaking of breathing, that smooth mill funnels spent gases through stainless block hugger headers. There’s a serious BeCool radiator that’s slid in front of a chromed puller fan. Polished serpentine components spin a polished Powermaster alternator opposite a polished AC compressor. And braided lines and quality Taylor plug wires combine with polished reservoirs, a polished master cylinder, and a polished battery brace to detail otherwise purposed-built performance.

Park this Sting Ray on a lift and you’ll find a custom power-coated chassis that mixes a spry fifth-generation Corvette front suspension with a steady sixth generation Corvette rear suspension. Turns come courtesy of power rack and pinion steering. Smooth and solid stops are provided by sixth-generation Corvette Z06 brakes, which squeeze 4 and 6 piston calipers around a quartet of drilled and slotted rotors. A sixth-generation Z06 Dana 44 differential spins the rear axles and the torque meets the pavement through seventh-generation Z06-style blades, which spin 235/40R19 Toyo Proxes 4 Plus Redlines in front of 275/35R19 Toyo Proxes 4 Plus Redlines.

The Pro-Touring movement, keenly summarized as mixing wicked performance with classic good looks that began gaining popularity 25 years ago. And today with technology’s that continuously blurs the lines between street beast and track king, it’s transforming these storied classics into a technological tour de force while becoming one of America’s favorite pastimes. Plenty quick and plenty street-able, this pristine Corvette Sting Ray shows off an excellent combination of awesome pro-touring performance and timeless Motor City aesthetics. 


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