The history of the Corvette may go back to the first-generation model that debuted in 1953, but that six-cylinder rounded roadster bore little in common to the Vettes that followed. No, the real progenitor to the Corvette we know today was the C2 – a model which, without coincidence to today's model – bore the name Sting Ray.

The second-gen Corvette arrived ten years after the first, ditching the straight-six engine (and the 4.3-liter V8 added later) for a 5.4-liter or available 6.5-liter V8, the Miracle Mile lozenge shape for harder edges and the exclusively convertible body-style for a choice of coupe or roadster. It set the tone for decades of Corvette to follow, each one evolving from the C2 to the C7 we know today.

The artisans at Xcar have taken a rather stunning red roadster for a spin down memory lane and take us along for the ride in the video below.


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      • 6 Months Ago
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      J W
      • 6 Months Ago
      If I hit it big in the lottery, I'm buying a '67 Vette before I buy any other car. That has been my favorite car since I was 4 or 5 years old.
      Tariff The Imports
      • 6 Months Ago
      Yup. There was actually a time when GM made nice cars. But that time was long ago and not by the company we know today, as they've been only around for a few years and make nothing but junk. And that's only thanks to American and Canadian taxpayers.
      diffrunt
      • 6 Months Ago
      Enjoyed my C2 for 10 years, full custom treatment, resides in a museum now.
      bullitt2605
      • 6 Months Ago
      I have one just like this 1/18 scale I think.
      James Hoyt
      • 6 Months Ago
      CAUTION : The following are comments from, day dreamers,high school kids,and general MORONS that never owned or drove a performance car. But they can tell you everything about it. AMAZING STUFF.
      Bernard
      • 6 Months Ago
      I strongly prefer the C3. That thing is too square.
        Chris
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Bernard
        The C3? From 1968 through 1971 or 1972 were nice, but from 1973 onwards? The C3 was such a depressing era for the Corvette, and the auto industry in general. How you can say this looks too square is beyond me as I'd say some of the later C3s and early C4s looked way more square than this.
      Rotation
      • 6 Months Ago
      The first two generations really stood out for me. The first one was clearly an American interpretation of a British sports car, and a good one. The second one (Stingray) struck out in its own direction, defining an American style for the car. After the, the rest is just finesse. The first two cars staked out the territory so well that there isn't that much ground for the C3-C7 to cover, stylistically.