There are few cars as truly iconic as is Chevrolet’s Corvette Stingray. We had the chance to have old meet new as a classic said “hello” to the new-generation.
Our story begins in 1959 when General Motors unveiled the Corvette Stingray concept, taken largely from the first-generation Q-Corvette of 1957 and Mitchell’s racing Sting Ray of that same year. When the 1963 Corvette Stingray was introduced, it was a wholly new idea for the Corvette line and became the most iconic build for the car and its most popular collector’s version. From 1963 to 1967, the Stingray held this body style and design before the third-generation of the car was introduced for the 1968 model year.
Fast-forward to our day in the sun. I had received a 2015 Corvette Stingray as a press loan and took a friend of mine, a ranch hand from South Africa named Jason, for a ride. He mentioned that a mutual friend, Matt, loved Corvettes. He called Matt, who is the son of the rancher James works for, and we then learned that Jack, Matt’s father, had a 1967 Corvette Stingray squirreled away in a barn. James and Matt conspired to get the old ‘Vette out so the two cars could meet.