Open Roads, February | Lot 239
1964 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Convertible
North American Offering
$75,900 USD | Sold
| Westlake Village, California
19 - 28 February 2021
- Offered from The Pacific Coast Highway Collection
- Riverside Red over red vinyl; white soft top
- 300 hp, 327 cu. in. V-8 engine; four-speed manual transmission
- One of just 919 examples reportedly fitted with factory air conditioning for 1964
- Wears older restoration executed circa 1998; repainted in 2003
This stunning 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 327/300 Convertible was completed at St. Louis on 1 July 1964 and delivered new to Bill Allen Chevrolet in North Kansas City, Missouri just six days later. Clad in Riverside Red over red vinyl and a white soft top, this chassis was further specified with power steering, whitewall tires, tinted glass, pushbutton AM/FM radio, auxiliary hardtop, back-up lights, positraction axle, and a 300 horsepower, 327 cubic-inch V-8 engine paired to a four-speed manual transmission. Interestingly, it is one of just 919 examples reportedly produced for the 1964 model year which came equipped with factory air conditioning.
Accompanying photographs illustrate a frame-off restoration and engine rebuild of the car’s L75 V-8 engine executed in 1998. Prior that restoration the car was awarded a Bloomington Gold Survivor Award in 1994. A repaint in the car’s correct Riverside Red color was commissioned in 2003, further enriching the appearance of the cabin’s nicely reupholstered red interior, complete with its period-correct Delco AM/FM radio and woodgrain steering wheel.
According to this Corvette’s engine stamp, this engine is of the correct type and matches the last eight digits of the chassis number. The accompanying new car sales invoice from Bill Allen Chevrolet records an engine code suffix that was not used for the 1964 model year, and it is believed this was a data entry error by made by the salesmen—meaning the “RD” suffix should actually read “RQ,” which is what is stamped on the engine.
An attractive set of period-style, knock-off turbine wheels are presently shod in fresh Toyo whitewalls befitting a factory-correct aesthetic. This alluring Sting Ray Convertible is now accompanied by a matching auxiliary hardtop, original dealer invoice, extensive records dating back to 1970, jack, and a photo album documenting the car’s earlier restoration.