Is the '67 Sting Ray the best of the second-generation Corvettes? And is Lynn Haas' Rallye Red convertible the best of the bunch?
For years, savvy car shoppers knew that the best time of the year to order a car with their choice of options was in the springtime. By then, the reasoning went, the assembly plants had solved any problems with that year's models, and the cars coming off the assembly lines then were likely the best built of the model year.
Now, combine that line of reasoning with the '67 Vette. Any glitches that Chevrolet may have encountered in building the second generation of America's Only True Sports Car since its production began in September of 1962 were likely solved before the executive decision to extend the C2's production run into 1967. That came while Chevy worked to solve some pre-production glitches that cropped up with the third-generation Corvette, which had been originally scheduled to start production in the fall of 1966.
Add to all that the fact that Lynn's Midyear was likely a springtime build, and you have a Corvette that, in the eyes of more than a few Vette lovers, was as close to perfect as you could get. "I think it's a March car," he says, which would put it among the 2,500 or so C2s that rolled out of St. Louis Assembly that month.
And that was before Lynn's '67 received a restoration that turned the clock on this car back to the spring of 1967. Back then, if you were to venture into your local Chevy dealer-especially one that sold plenty of Corvettes, and had at least one sitting on its showroom floor-you could order one just like this. All you had to do was choose the same regular-production options (RPOs) that this car's original owner did, which included the L79 350hp 327 V-8 for $105.35, M20 Muncie four-speed manual transmission for $184.35, G81 Positraction for $42.15, C07 auxiliary hard top for $231.75, C08 black vinyl covering for the C07 top at $52.70, N40 power steering for $94.80, U69 AM/FM radio for $172.75, and QB1 7.75-15 Redline tires for $46.65.
Add those to the Sting Ray convertible's $4,240.75 base price and you'd wind up with a Sting Ray that would sticker around $5,130 before tax, title, and license fees. (Needless to say, '67 Sting Ray prices have been well above that for a long time!)
Lynn has had this Midyear for about four years, complete with its original engine, original damage-free body, and all the documentation going back to when the original owner ordered it. We saw it at an NCRS regional meet in Kissimmee, Florida. There, it earned Top Flight-again. "It's been Top Flighted before, and it's been [Bloomington] Gold before," says Lynn, who added when we spoke with him, "it's also going up to Bloomington to go for another Gold. And it'll get it, too."
What's it like to drive? "It's like it was in '67, that good," says Lynn.