The Chevrolet Corvette is the classic American sports car and its popularity, styling, and performance have never been matched by another car. The 1967 Corvette brought up the rear of the second generation that began in 1963. In 1953, the first Corvette, a convertible designed by Harley Earl came out at the GM Motorama as a concept car. This kicked off the first generation or the C1 line of Corvettes, also known as the solid-axle models for their lack of independent rear suspension.
The C2, or second generation models, of which the 1967 Corvette was a member, were also called the Sting Rays, and were later nicknamed the mid-years. The 1967 Corvette and the other Sting Rays shrunk in comparison to the solid-axle models and took inspiration from a concept car called the Q Corvette. Style director Bill Mitchell also famously found inspiration in a mako shark he caught out at sea. The combination culminated in one of the best looking car’s on the market at the time, if not ever.
After five years of honing the Sting Rays, the 1967 Corvette that resulted was the most refined, and in the opinion of many die-hard collectors today, the best Corvette that Chevrolet ever made. It did not take many changes to go from the 1966 to the 1967 Corvette Sting Ray. Small improvements over the course of the C2 generation led to the supreme sports car.
Some of these changes for the 1967 Corvette included the iconic four red taillights, six-inch slotted Rally wheels, retooled fender vents, and new back-up lamps. On the inside, the upholstery received an upgrade and the shifter moved between the seats. The engine options were mostly the same in the 1967 Corvette, but the two biggest engines, the 427s, had improved horsepower ratings, possibly up to 560 bhp, but certainly more than the understated factory rating of 425. The engine improvements were achieved by switching to triple, two-barrel carburetors. Although sales were down slightly from the previous year, by today’s standards, this model was one of the finest ever made by Chevrolet.