What Is the History of the Chevrolet Sting Ray Car?


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Chevrolet has used the Sting Ray moniker on certain Corvettes since the early 1960s. Although now spelled as a single word, the Stingray name has returned again on the 2014 C7 Corvette.

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The Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray was first offered for sale in the redesigned 1963 model year. That year was also the first year Chevy sold more than 20,000 Corvettes and the only year for the iconic split-window coupe. The Sting Ray name remained present on the Corvette through the 1967 model year when the Corvette was redesigned.

In 1968 the Sting Ray name was dropped but returned in 1969 appearing as only one word, Stingray. The Stingray badge was also changed and moved from the rear of the car to just above the front fenders. The name stuck with the Corvette through the 1976 model, at which time Chevrolet decided to discontinue the use of the Stingray name for more than 30 years.

Three model generations later, the Stingray name reappeared in 2014 on the C7 Corvette. In comparison, a base equipped original 1963 Sting Ray came with a 250-horsepower V-8 and a 3-speed manual transmission, while a base 2014 stingray is equipped with a 455-horsepower V-8 and 7-speed manual transmission.

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