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C2 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray: The origin of species

With the Stingray name making a comeback to the Corvette vernacular, XCAR takes a look back at the C2 'Vette, the original Ray.

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Drew Stearne
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With Corvette bringing back the Stingray name, we take look back at the C2 -- astronauts' ride of choice and the original Sting Ray.

In design terms, it was a big departure from the C1.

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The 327 engine in this bad boy was in fact the smallest offered on the C2.

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The hood on this car, though, comes from a 427.

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The sticker proudly boasts 350 horsepower.

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The original Stingray was in fact called the Sting Ray.

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This 'Vette is in great condition for its age.

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You're unlikely to forget what car you're in but just in case there are reminders in the cabin.

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The wheel on the C2 felt right for this kind of car but it couldn't be further removed from what modern sports cars have.

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The vertical radio was a signature touch.

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Made in 'Murica.

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We were lucky enough to have a manual transmission.

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That hood snout wasn't originally on this car: it was taken from a 427.

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The look of the C2 is the true origin of the design language that continues to this day in the C7.

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Although arguably the Coupe is the more attractive version of the C2, the convertible strikes an imposing stance.

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The C2 was the first Corvette to be adopted by NASA astronauts as their unofficial company cars.

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The relationship with NASA lasted though both orginal versions of the Ray, C2 and C3.

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It's humbling to sit in a cockpit that was the chosen Earth transportation of the first Americans in space.

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This car has been really well looked after and still drove like a dream.

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Unlike American muscle cars, the Corvette was always designed for handling.

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