THE CAR AND ITS OWNERS
1966 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray convertible owned by Barry and Bonnie Goldstein
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING
When Corvette aficionados hear the words “Sting Ray,” they automatically think of the highly-touted new models available since 2014. But to purists, the real Sting Rays are the versions produced by Chevrolet from 1963 to 1967, with shark-like features based on the Corvette SS and other contemporary concept cars. “The awesome color combination of red body and black ‘stinger’ stripe down the center hood, with a white convertible top, makes it a real head-turner,” Barry Goldstein says of his ride. “The fact that it is 50 years old gives it extra, undeniable appeal.” HOW LONG THEY’VE OWNED IT
WHERE THEY FOUND IT
They bought it from a family in Atlanta, Georgia.
Goldstein says the former owner “put a lot of care and dollars to remake this car into a brand-new, 50-year-old car. It was done to original specs, front to back. Other than a new battery and starter motor, I did not have to do any additional work. The fact that it has air conditioning and automatic transmission gives my wife the ability to drive it. Having the original numbers-matching engine enhances the allure.”
TIPS FOR OWNERS
“You are better off in the long run to pay more for a car that has been upgraded and where all necessary repairs are done,” he advises. “That way, you can enjoy the ride without thinking of future repair bills.”
Goldstein estimates the value is just shy of $100,000.
THE BOTTOM LINE
“The character of this ‘Vette is what drew me to it,” he says. “The love affair the previous owner had with it and the meticulous care he took in its maintenance and appearance make it that much more appealing.”