Clas­sic Ris­ers

Chevro­let Corvette St­ingray C3

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

You’d be for­given for think­ing that all 1970s per­for­mance cars have soared in value – par­tic­u­larly if you’ve been look­ing at Porsches and Fords, but the St­ingray proves that you can still get plenty of punch at real world prices. Even in to­day’s buoy­ant mar­ket you can pick a good one up for around £15k – barely £5k more than you’d have paid back in 2002. Its 1960s Sting Ray pre­de­ces­sor, by com­par­i­son, has more than dou­bled in price – the car you’d have once paid £19k for is now

fetch­ing close to £55,000.

THE CCW VIEW

The orig­i­nal Sting Ray (note it’s two words) has a cer­tain halo ef­fect over the rest of the Corvette range and buy­ers pay ac­cord­ingly for it, but the later C3 model has yet to pick up the same fol­low­ing. The left-hand-drive only for­mat, V8 thirst and the fact that it was never sold new in Bri­tain also limit its wider ap­peal. But it’s a V8 mus­cle car for Ford Fo­cus money. David Simister

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