Nifty at Fifty
The Winner is Corvette Sting Ray
Larry Jewett - March 14, 2013 09:55 AM
This year marks the 50th anniversary of both the Porsche 911 and Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray, two of the most popular sports cars ever produced. In honor of this half-century milestone, Hagerty, the classic car insurance leader, asked automobile enthusiasts across the nation to choose which vehicle should be crowned “America’s Favorite Sports Car.” The votes are in.
“The Corvette Sting Ray won the popular vote in our America’s Favorite Sports Car contest by a narrow margin over the Porsche 911,” said McKeel Hagerty, President and CEO of Hagerty. “Both are classic examples of groundbreaking automotive design, technology and value – and considering the popularity of these iconic sports cars, the close voting results came as little surprise despite their fundamental differences.”
More than 2,000 total votes were tallied at Hagerty’s display at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida last weekend and online via Hagerty’s Facebook page. The Corvette Sting Ray won by just 70 votes.
With nearly 120,000 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Rays built between 1963 and 1967, the first generation of this American favorite is known for the high horsepower and raw torque generated by its front-engine V-8.