1967 Corvette Sting Ray - Near Perfect

Most Corvette aficionados agree the L71-Powered '67 is the most magnificent Corvette ever built. Milt Robson's '67 Sting Ray convertible has every important option that was available for that special year.

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One Last Time ::: For a last-year car, the '67 Sting Ray had plenty of style, despite the center-mounted backup light and replacing the optional knock-off aluminum wheels with bolt-ons. The classic Sting Ray nameplate made its last appearance on the 22,940 '67 Corvettes.

There's one other Corvette currently in Milt's collection, and we wouldn't be surprised if it's also fueled from the same supply that keeps the '67's 427 happy. "I have a '57 airbox Corvette that Corvette Fever's also done a story on (June '07 cover car)," he says of his vintage RPO 579E first-year-283 fuelie Vette. "I used to have about eight Corvettes, but I'm mixing my collection up, and I figured that those were the two best ones that I liked." Right now, Milt's collection has about 70 cars, many of them prime examples of American horsepower.

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Built With Pride ::: The restored RPO L71 427 in this primo '67 wears three two-barrel Holleys under its triangular air cleaner.

What's it like to drive? "It's fine! Just like any '67," says Milt. If you're looking for a Corvette to add to (or start) your collection with, you can't do wrong by going with a car like this one. "You just need to know what you're doing when you're looking for 'em. That's the main thing," Milt advises. "If you don't know Corvettes, you need to get somebody who does to help you pick out what you want. That's because people change so much of them because they're bringing big bucks."

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If your idea of The Perfect Corvette includes an L71 427 built just the way Tonawanda built it, you've got to have the same Chevy engine orange paint overspray on the intake manifold.

Plus, it never hurts to go for the Vette that's the most complete and in the best condition for the money. "I do that on all cars. You're better off paying the price and buying the right stuff to start with." Milt adds that it's better to pay to buy the best up front, than to pay and have to pay again to restore it.

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