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Untold Story of the Earliest Corvette Sting Ray

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Were it not for a twist of fate and a controversy within GM, this unique Corvette, if returned to the US, would have most likely met its end in the crusher!

The Expatriate resides in a private collection in London

However, since leaving GM Styling in late September 1962 for London’s Earls Court show stage, it has never returned home. A barn find back in 1982, it has remained in a private collection in London for thirty years.

The coupe arrived at GM Styling ahead of the main pilot line as a body and unnumbered frame assembly only. Identified by Styling data tag as S.O #10271 as early as May 62 on drawings found, marked 63 Corvette Custom (it is believed to be earlier). The complete floor pan, inner wing panels, lower front panel, doorsills and spare wheel tub are all hand formed GRP. Drawings list the Coupe at Interior Engineering in June referenced to Electric seats. Power seats had been tested in the XP720 coupe listed together with #10271. Bodywork finished in primer with numerous test siting/ locating holes for front, side and rear emblems. Experimentally trimmed in Silver leather with silver steering wheel and used for photography in the studio. All interior panels, remain the originals and are all marked with the S.O in black marker. Numerous trims and mouldings are hand formed in brass and chrome plated. Rear window mouldings are unique one piece construction in brass and chrome plated, retained by dozens of tiny brass screws. These one piece mouldings have been identified on GM archive footage and were also used on the prototype 4 passenger coupe. Numerous other interior differences as compared to known pilot line and production models.

It is believed that there was no power plant or transmission installed at this time – a push/pull mule!

The power plant is an incredibly rare,( one of only a few known) hand assembled Flint” Dyne Lab” engine, 59 283 290hp CS with unique 3758584 heads. Dyne lab inspection letters hand stamped to engine. As yet unidentified GM intake manifold. Engine painted red, detailed in red with various hand- made, chromed, GM engineering pieces. Engine bay shows experimentation with fuel injection. The larger radiator frame also suggests F.I but there is no frame cut out for the airway to plenum. The radiator has a small brass tag with SO T1 stamped into it and is copper and not aluminium. Transmission is a showpiece 4 speed M10 finished in ” Mitchell Blue”, unstamped. Bell housing is very first casting early type 3788421 but with no cast date or revision markers! A generator provides the current and not an alternator, as one would expect for 63. For reliability, an alternator is currently fitted along with a 63 fan to assist cooling. A full biopsy on the engine has never been carried out but it does appear incredibly lively!

From GM Styling files, on June 28 62 the Coupe was sent for paint. A brilliant high metal flake Airframe silver (not Sebring as imagined). It was also re-trimmed in full, in black hand stitched leather, including doors, dashboard and headlining. Panels of the original Silver leather are still present today beneath the revised black covering.

Trim Tag reads: Trim: BLK COLOR: PRIME

From July 62 the coupe was relisted on drawings as S.0 #10271 LONDON SHOW COUPE following a request for a show car by GM Canada.

Various additional trim pieces were fitted including chromed door locks, unique chromed plates to inner and outer door shuts. Unique front side emblems. All fittings have S.O number engraved on them, some initialled and dated. Instruments are stamped “ Show Job” initialled and dated 16 July 62.

27th August 1962 Stamped as build date to trim tag. Body 13 and pilot line Vin Tag #23 added.

Sometime in the latter part of September the show transmission was installed, however, the 59 power plant remained and the Coupe left Warren for England in time for the London Motor Show, 2nd week October.

It was delivered in secrecy, under covers to Earls Court Stand 138 sponsored and administered by GM Canada. It was to be shown alongside A Corvair Monza Coupe and a 4 door Impala saloon.

With 2 days to “ Press Day”, some GM execs from GM Canada’s European offices in London, visited Earls Court to see their latest offering up close. They were presented with a stunning Silver Corvette Sting Ray Coupe.

Blind panic ensued when, upon opening the hood, it was discovered that the new car did not have a 360 hp fuel injected power plant, as ordered and publicised! A frantic effort to find a replacement began and a second Silver Coupe (most likely the Turin Show car en route) arrived at the end of press day!

S.O #10271 languished under covers in a basement garage in central London for several months, until it was eventually registered for the road in January 1963. It is believed, but not confirmed that it was registered to GM in London as a company vehicle. It has been herein the UK since.

With only 72,000 original miles it is still used but understandably only occasionally. It has only been shown once at Good wood in 2003, at the “Cartier Style Et Luxe” concours. As part of Corvette’s 50th alongside GM’s Mako Shark and others, it was awarded best in class.

2006. It took park in the Drivers Parade with GM racing at the 24hrs of Le Mans and completed a full parade lap of the Le Mans circuit.

S.O # 10271 is quite unique. The only “63 Styling” buck. It is the earliest, fully documented “ Sting Ray”. It is also the earliest C2 S.O. car and the only 63 Show coupe in existence.

With thanks to: Jerry Palmer, Chuck Jordan, Franz Estereicher and Ken Kaiser ex GM. To Jim Gessner and Noland Adams

For more photos of this unique split window Corvette, click here

Corvettes are Now Wanted…

Monday, December 17th, 2012

by ProTeam during the month of January 2013…

A) 1958-’60 Corvette in any condition

B) 1963 Split Window Coupes, prefer very nice 340/360 hp or factory air

C) 1967 Marina Blue 435 hp convertible with white interior in show condition

D) Barn Cars and Projects

E) Whole Collections

F) Always searching for: Z06’s, L88’s, L89’s, LS6’s, ZR2’s, ZR1’s, LT1’s, COPO’s, fuelies, special 425’s/435’s/RPO’s also Chevrolet Engineering and Styling cars and purpose-built Corvettes for racing (RPO-684/687’s). Save big money by avoiding auction fees, shipping, travel, and lodging expenses. The real deal for over 40 years! Very selective! The rarest of the rare and exclusively exclusive!!

Fill out our form at CorvettesWanted.com or email: [email protected]

Rare Corvettes Reunited at NCRS Event

Friday, November 16th, 2012

ProTeam Hosts daylong NCRS Seminar featuring historic Corvettes

Napoleon, Ohio – - ProTeam Corvette hosted nearly 200 Corvette faithful at a NCRS Corvette seminar featuring some of today’s foremost Corvette researchers and a panel including the GM engineers who crafted the Corvette’s image and its sports car tradition. Still, the participants were over-shadowed by the real stars of the day-long event by three 1953-55 Corvettes fashioned by Chevrolet Engineering (Experimental Shop and Garage) for NASCAR stock car activity (racing) and a 1963 “Cinderella story”.

The three 1953-55 Corvettes on display were highly decorated and have left an indelible mark of the Corvette’s legacy on NASCAR and Sebring.  Among the three was #1194 that went onto wins in 1956 at Sebring with John Fitch and Walt Hansgen co-driving in this 12-hour race. Campbell-Ewald, Chevrolet’s advertising agency, celebrated the Corvette’s first international class victory with “The Real McCoy” advertisement which millions have seen.

Dick Lang’s storied 1963 Z06 Tanker Race Car was unveiled publically for the first time since its yearlong restoration. This is one of the early “batched built” 1963 Z06 Corvettes that battled Shelby’s Cobras back in 1963 and 1964. This car’s driver, Dick Lang, was one of the best Corvette drivers in the late 50′s and early 60′s. In 1963 Lang raced at Daytona International in two events; that weekend kicked off a winning streak including many notable podium appearances. In 1964, Lang’s Corvette stood alone alongside 4 Cobras in the top 5. It was this race when the fastest and most desirable cars in the world surrounded the Corvette and its story as America’s muscle car was written. Dick Lang’s Z06 Tanker is as testament to the driver and the celebrated legacy of Chevrolet Racing. The restoration was performed by the world famous Naber Brothers of Houston, Texas.

Terry Michaelis, ProTeam’s president, reflected on the daylong event, “This seminar really served two purposes. First was to spend the day with fellow enthusiasts and pick the brains of the people who were there when these classics first came off the GM line.  Secondly, we wanted to reestablish ProTeam Corvette as the leader in the classic Corvette community with access to our world famous collection. I believe we were a success in both categories.”

Images from this event for publication are available at: www.tmichaelis.com/NCRS/

ProTeam’s world famous collection has no peers. The quality of ProTeam’s cars is simply out of this world. We now bring you the finest selection/collection of Corvettes anywhere in the world! including many one of a kind and collector quality Corvettes.  The Holy Grail of Corvette Collections is open to the public Monday through Friday or visit ProTeam online at ProTeamCorvette.com, email: [email protected], or call toll free at 888-592-5086.

Contemplating a Classic Car Raffle?…

Monday, August 20th, 2012

look at partnering with ProTeam Corvette to supply your organization with a Corvette for your next charitable fundraiser. ProTeam has been at least partially responsible in raising close to 25 million dollars for some 30 different groups including the Ronald McDonald House, Corvette Club of America, Huntingtown FD, American Cancer Society, St. Bernard Church, Woodstock Lions Club, and a multitude of others.

We’ve heard from one happy client just recently: “I can tell you that we have developed a level of trust and confidence with you guys and the feelings are mutual. By the way, you might like to know that since we started this 24 years ago, St. Bernard has netted probably 1.75 Million dollars and we really didn’t catch fire until we started working with you guys.” – G.S., St. Bernards Church, Rockport, IN

Here are 8 more reasons to consider ProTeam as a fundraiser partner:
(1) Large Corvette collection/inventory.
(2) Marketing machine with an social networking presence which includes Facebook, Google+, & Twitter.
(3)  Electronic mailing list (almost 80,000).
(4) Very popular website (www.ProTeam-Corvette.com) with approximately 125,000 monthly user sessions.
(5) A very active and proactive internal media department that generates national attention with numerous articles online and in-print along with television network programming, ie: SPEEDtv “The Last Sting Ray.”
(6) Attendance at numerous car shows from California to Florida but primarily the midwest.
(7) Repurchase agreement at an agreed price, should your organization offer a cash option to the raffle car winner.
(8) Been there… done it! We can help your organization develop a 3 to 5 year marketing plan that will allow your members to  minimize their involvement while continuing growth in your sales and success.

Corvettes are the most popular and successful marque used in automotive raffles. They are an American icon!!! If you are interested in discussing a partnership with ProTeam that DOES NOT END with your raffle car selection, email [email protected]

ProTeam To Give Up Title…

Monday, June 25th, 2012

as world’s largest classic Corvette collection as we find it nearly impossible to sustain such a large collection of classic Corvettes of which quantitatively speaking has been as high as 245 Corvettes. ProTeam is currently negotiating with several well-known auction companies to come-up with a strategy to “cash-out” of over 100 premier classic Corvettes.

Visit ProTeam soon if you have never seen our massive collection that bulges out of our mere 60,000 sq. ft. showrooms, as it will not be as impressive as we turn the page into the future. We need your suggestion on who, where, and why the title “world’s largest” should go. Who has over 100 classic Corvettes from the years 1953 to 1982? Are they open to the public? Are the Corvettes owned or consignment? What good things has the collection or its owner done to influence the direction of the Corvette phenomenon and our hobby? Where is the “world’s largest” title going? Iowa? Florida? North Carolina? California? Wisconsin?… or will it stay in Ohio?

Email [email protected] with your questions, suggestions, and comments.

1982 Collector Edition Corvette…

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

a 30th Anniversary that shouldn’t be ignored. The 1982 Collector Edition was purpose built to say good-bye to a generation and usher in a new era for the Corvette. Definitely worth a second, third, fourth, and fifth look.

1982 Collector Edition Corvette

The 1962 Corvette Turns 50…

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

as 2012 marks its 50th anniversary. Many firsts and lasts were achieved with the 1962 Corvette. First year of the 327 cubic inch engine which pumped out 360 horse power with the fuel injection. Last year of the first generation C1 (solid axle) Corvette. The last year of the Corvette with a trunk and the last year of the exposed headlights. Comments/Questions? Email [email protected]

1962 Corvette from ProTeam collection

Congratulations and Thank you…

Friday, March 30th, 2012

John Amgwert, Jerry Burton, Richard Buxbaum, Corvette Expo, John Fitch, Jerry Kohn (Corvette Central), Kevin Mackay, Dave McLellan, NCCC (National Council of Corvette Clubs), Jerome Shinkay.  Welcome to The Great Hall as you are among a few dozen pioneers that helped influence the Corvette phenomenon and the direction of our hobby. The time has come to recognize the people, first and foremost, that helped charter the course to this point of The Great Hall… and this Bud is to you!!!

Terry Michaelis, ProTeam Corvette, NCRS member #136, SACC member #32, NCM member #873, Bloomington participant since 1974, Bloomington Great Hall Selection Committee Member.

Click here for more information on the Bloomington Gold Great Hall and other great Bloomington events.

Amelia Island Success…

Monday, March 26th, 2012

ProTeam’s ’62 Corvette Convertible, GM styling shop order car S.O.10224 spent some time as an invited guest at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and Tour d’Elegance. Great car and an even better event. It was honor to sit alongside some of the storied cars on the show circuit. It was even a bigger thrill to run alongside them on the tour. Learn and see more of this special car at the ProTeam website see more images from its weekend at Amelia Island here and here.

62 Corvette Convertible, GM styling shop order car S.O.10224

'62 SO 10224 at the Amelia Island 2012 Tour

Corvette March Madness…

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

with a flurry of classic car action in Florida. I will be in Amelia Island for the Concours d’Elegance traveling with our 1962 GM styling shop order car S.O.10224 at the annual invitation only event this weekend (March 9th-11th).

Then I will be traveling to the Auctions America by RM event in Ft. Lauderdale looking for some more horse power to add to the ProTeam Classic Corvette world class inventory. Follow ProTeam on twitter for dispatches from the road or like ProTeam on Facebook for more.

All signs show 2012 is going to be a good year for the classic Corvette hobby. I tend to agree. [email protected]

1962 Corvette GM styling car S.O.10224

1962 Corvette GM styling shop order car S.O.10224

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