STINGRAY VS STING RAY: NAME GAME!

My trivial pursuit of truth in branding cuts through some of the confusion surrounding one of the most beautiful and iconic Corvettes ever. It all started with an innocent note I sent to a friend, Frank Markus, Technical Director at Motor Trend. Essentially I called his attention to what I thought was a typo – referencing Bill Mitchell’s legendary ’59 Corvette Racer (XP-87), above, as Stingray - in the 55 Years of Stingray article in the September 2013 issue. When Mitchell had the Corvette b...
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‘14 CORVETTE STINGRAY CONVERTIBLE: STAR-SPANGLED HAMMER!

Zero to 60 in 3.8. Zero to open-top bliss in less than 20. What’s not to adore about the new Stingray Convertible? writes Road Test Editor Howard Walker. A headline in a recent edition of US News & World Report grabbed my attention like a call from the IRS. ‘Too Much Testosterone May Be Unhealthy for Older Men.’     Trust me that is not the kind of thing you want to read when you have a ‘14 Corvette Stingray Convertible sitting in your driveway. Here is a car that oozes...
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RARE L88 CORVETTES: STING RAY & STINGRAY!

It’s a rare day when two important super-high-performance L88 Corvettes cross the block. It doesn’t get better than these prime examples. Chevrolet tried everything to discourage people from buying L88 Corvettes in 1967 to 1969. The 427 engine with aluminum heads and ultra-high-compression was really a single four-barrel track engine, not engineered to run with mufflered exhausts and on pump gas. Initially dealers were discouraged from selling them and Chevrolet rated the L88 at five horsepo...
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ZR1 & ZR2 CORVETTES: THE MARK OF ZORA!

If you wanted to race a 1970-'72 Corvette, all you had to do was check off ZR1 or ZR2 on the order sheet. Very few did, so they have become rare collectibles. At the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, AZ, a pair of rare Corvettes, optioned with Chevrolet’s ready-to-race ZR options will cross the block. In 1970, just 25 Corvettes were equipped with the ZR1 option which included solid-lifter 350/370 small-block engines, M22 four-speeds, J56 dual-pin brakes, K66 Transistorized igni...
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CORVETTE C7 STINGRAY: RALLY ‘ROUND THE ‘RING!

European Export C7 Stingray testing at Nurburgring prior to sales debut. Nürburgring is a name that evokes strong feelings in any motorsports aficionado; a place where racing history has been made and re-written time and again. It also is the location where  the European model of the new Corvette Stingray coupe is currently being tested,  a few months prior to the start of sales in Europe. "Nürburgring is renowned for its demanding race track and it is perfectly suited for our p...
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