213 Thornton Rd
Lithia Springs, GA
Lithia Springs, GA
We love it when a 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible comes with its numbers-matching V8 and four-speed. There are even terrific features like power windows and a color-matched hardtop. But the real appeal of this one is one of the most unique tales you may ever find.
Al Segelhorst led quite an interesting life. In the early 1960s he traveled quite a bit working for Hughes (Raytheon) working on the lunar program fueled by The Space Race. Young, single, and based in Spain, Al treated himself to a new 1964 Corvette in the summer of 1963. While getting in line for the new Chevy model year is somewhat easy in the USA, it takes a little more planning when doing it from Europe. So we have a very cool file with the order from the dealer in Zaragoza, Spain, and the later correspondence trying to figure out if the car would meet Al in Spain, Germany, or wherever his next destination was. It was eventually settled that his father would pick up the car from the St. Louis dealership that handled factory delivery (only four miles from the plant.) Al later took delivery of the car, and his son even says it likely went with him to locations like Puerto Rico and Australia. So you know you love this unique Sting Ray before you even look at the details. Satin Silver was a new color offered in 1964, and Al took plenty of steps to make sure it continues to look good. This included keeping the car under a cover in storage for many years once it was back in the USA. Al\'s son said it only came out for special occasions, and that his father had it painted in the 1980s (it took three times for the painter to meet Al\'s standards.) So today the finish continues to have an impressive shine to show off the clean and well-respected lines of this C2. And with brightwork this complete, you can drive this one just as proudly as Al did. In fact, when his son inherited the car in 2006 and it was solid to subsequent collectors, we have a document file showing the right investments in keeping this in proper running order. And any additions or replacements over the years have only been about keeping this looking period-correct like replacing the soft top (2021) and the addition of knock-off style wheels.
Not only does the white convertible top look elegant against the silver, but when you take it down there\'s the same sophistication from the white interior. It\'s a color combo we don\'t see too often, and so it adds to the car\'s distinction. We can understand why Al would want a Sting Ray in all his different world travels because this car rewarded true drivers with features like bucket seats, a wood-rimmed steering wheel, full gauges, and a bright shifter calling out to your right hand. It remains attractive inside for how stock everything is. There are plenty of companies that provide quality replacements for any component that you may want to update, but what we particularly like is how the originality also shows off the rare options for this coupe. This includes white leather seats, power windows, and a color-matched hardtop. Even the Delco AM/FM radio is still cranking out tunes.
Under the hood is Chevy\'s famous 327 cubic-inch V8. It looks quite correct with the bright orange block, callout valve covers, and polished air topper as well as the distributor shield. This is the numbers-matching unit, which means even more in a car with this kind of history. In fact, we especially like how this one is presented today. It has been maintained well so that original items like the number-matching four-speed continue to shift smoothly. And items that never last the long haul were replaced - like the dual exhaust and tires. It makes for a solid running package, and the power steering, power brakes, and the Corvette\'s fully independent suspension deliver a solid total driving attitude.
The sale comes complete with the dealer invoice, owner\'s manual, title documentation, maintenance records, and codependence between Al and his dealer in Spain. This is quite a unique Sting Ray for the right collector out there, and so you don\'t want to miss your chance. Call today!!!
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