Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
There's nothing quite like a 'Lil Red Corvette. Iconic and beautiful enough to impress Prince himself, the mid-year convertibles are arguably the best Corvette's ever made, and we're thankful to sell a ton of them every year. This 1964 convertible carries a highly desirable 327 V8 fuel-injected motor, a quick-shifting 4-speed manual transmission, and a beautifully preserved, survivor Riverside Red body. In addition, the current owner is a dealer that bought this car from the original owner, so the paperwork still qualifies this beautiful convertible as a 1-owner car, and the mileage is in fact believed actual with only 46,317 ticks on the clock. That makes this droptop mid-year more than just a fancy roadster, but rather a special classic with quite an interesting and valuable pedigree.
This isn't one of those trailer-queen 'Vettes that you're afraid to drive, either. Preserved to a survivor level we don't often see (the overwhelming majority of C2s are repainted cars), the Code 923 Riverside Red looks exactly like it should on the open-air roadster, once again proving the old adage that there's nothing quite like an original, stock-spec Corvette. The Sting Ray (separate words up until 1968, 'Stingray' for all the subsequent cars) was one of the most influential designs of the decade, and even fifty years later, it remains instantly recognizable and still resonates with hobbyists. This '64 hits the sweet spot, with a survivor's patina that shows well and looks great for the car's age, without the hassles that come from trying to maintain a show car's finish. Sure, it has some signs of use and age acquired through the years, and even some minor touch-up spots we'd prefer not to have found, but the condition is much better than you'd expect from a 57-year-old finish and if it were up to me, I wouldn't repaint it. Let those decades-old imperfections tell their story, the fiberglass is still very solid, there's still a nice shine and luster that glows in the sun, and the car is much more interesting than anything it's ever parked next to. At any Corvette show, you can spot the guys who drive their cars pretty easily; they're the ones with the giant grins on their faces, and you could join them without worries in this one, although keep an eye on that mileage. The chrome and stainless is quite nicely preserved as well, the rocker panel trim is as beautiful as ever, and the glass is in great shape all around. Sure, it's a survivor, but look at those pics! This Sting Ray has tons of curb appeal to go along with its pedigree.
The body tag says the interior is "standard," but the lovely and comfortable black leather buckets are anything but ordinary. The interior features a lovely mixture of new and old, with beautiful original seat covers with years of comfort marks telling their stories, matching original door panels at the flanks, and plush black carpets on the floors insulating the cabin. The swooping dashboard also shows signs of gentle use, but they make it ever so inviting to slide behind that upgraded, sporty leather-wrapped steering wheel. This is one of those cars that fans lovingly call "worn in, not worn out" for years to come. Of course, there's no major damage, no split seams, no ugly scuffs on the soft surfaces, so it only adds to the car's usability and character. Bright red Simpson harness seatbelts remind everyone that this Corvette isn't just some slow Sunday cruiser, and when you open up the taps of that small block you better strap in. The gauges all appear to be original and they all work like they should, keeping an eye on the strong-running small block up front, and you read that mileage correctly, under 50K miles a reading the seller believes to be original. At some point the original shifter was upgraded to a taller and sportier Hurst unit with a cue-ball topper, and it fits inside the middle console perfectly. The uniquely positioned radio also appears to be an updated piece, although it's due for an upgrade if music is to be on the menu. There's a black convertible top that folds neatly behind the seats and under the factory cover, but if a more permanent solution to shield you from the elements is needed, then the matching red hardtop that comes with the sale should be more suitable.
This survivor is powered by a non-original 327 V8 under the hood, which decodes to a Code CE block that was more precisely a GM customer-exchange motor from 1969. Topped with a rare fuel-injection set-up that makes the lively small block very responsive, the engine bay is quite a site to see. With that finned intake cover, finned valve covers, and wide intake tube, it's a unique set-up not often found under the hood of a Corvette, but it certainly looks right at home. It isn't over-detailed and doesn't outshine the rest of the car, instead the conscientious owner was careful to keep the car's overall look and
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