The Original Sting Ray – /BIG MUSCLE

The Original Sting Ray – /BIG MUSCLE


MIKE MUSTO: If you were to take
a poll and ask people what beauty is, you’d probably
wind up with a host of different answers. Some people, for instance,
would look at beauty as something that’s only attractive
from a different visual perspective. For others, it comes by way of
how an object or time period affects them on an
emotional level. For us, it was when we opened
the garage at Brian Hobaugh’s house and saw this jaw-dropping
1965 Corvette Stingray staring back at us. My name is Mike Musto. Each week, I travel the country
with the goal of showcasing the best and baddest
muscle cars and hot rods around. Every car has a past, and
every owner a story. Welcome to the world
of “Big Muscle.” [CAR ENGINES] BRIAN HOBAUGH: I got into
cars because of my dad, plain and simple. As a little kid, I was growing
up, of course, playing with Hot Wheels and with
cars and stuff. But when I was six-years-old,
my dad took me out to the local autocross in Pleasanton. My dad said, that’s cool. I want to do that. So one day he got the nerve to
go back there, and he got hooked on autocross. And six-years-old until now,
I’ve been out in the parking lot, racing autocross. The first car my dad
took me out was my mom’s 1970 Ford Camaro. My mom, that was her
daily driver. And it was the perfect autocross
car to start at, so my dad just kind of
took the car over. He got tired of that. He wanted to go a
little faster. So he sold that, and bought
a 1972 Camaro Z28. He ran that for another
three or four years. There was a new class that was
forming in the SCCA in the early ’80s, 1983. And the Camaro was a good, fast
car, but in that class were the Corvettes. They were legal in that class. So my dad wanted to be ultra-competitive in that class. So he sold the Camaro and bought
this ’65 Corvette. [ENGINE REVVING] MIKE MUSTO: That sound
never, ever gets old. With every car we drive, that
first start up is one of the sweetest sounds that I
hear during my day. So ladies and gentlemen, welcome
to one hell of a cool automobile. This is Brian Hobaugh’s 1965
Corvette Stingray, and it is simply a riot. Look at the specs on this car. It’s got a 364 cubic inch small
block that pumps out 500 horsepower and 500 [INAUDIBLE]
feet of torque. Stroker motor– all low-end
[INAUDIBLE], it revs to 7,500, and handles like
it’s on a rail. Got 315s all around– 315 30 18s in this car– those
are steamroller-sized tires. You can pitch it into
the corner. And it’s like any other
car, right? When you first get in and you
start driving it, it takes a few minutes for you to get used
to it because you have to figure out exactly what
the car’s capable of. Now, for me behind this, we’re
just really playing. We’re not doing anything
that’s out of the ordinary or crazy. But I can tell because I’ve been
behind the wheel of so many different cars that this
thing is set up to a point that is just unbelievable. The other cool part is this car
has been in Brian’s family for 30 years– 1983 his dad bought this car. And the only reason he bought it
was to run it at autocross. There has not been one year
since this car was actually purchased in ’65 that this
car hasn’t been run on an autocross and in some
kind of competition. How many other cars can say
that that are this old? Maybe a handful. Maybe a handful. Just the looks point of
view, he nailed it. I mean, look at the fender
flares on this car– they’re monstrous. But yet, it looks so right. It was done so tastefully, and
in a manner that every other ’63, ’64, ’65 Corvette that
you’re going to see, from now on, you’re going to look at and
go, ah, I kind of wish I had those fender flares on it. At least I know that’s
what I’m going to do. BRIAN HOBAUGH: Back when this
car was purchased by the original owner, he purchased
it with the sole purpose of autocross. He did a little show with it,
but it was autocross. So in 1965, when he picked it
up, he took it home, and he cut the fenders off. He immediately put the
big race tires on it. And then he built the flares
in the front– those were done in ’65-’66, when
it was relatively new. It had rear flares, but not this
big, because they didn’t have tires that big. The third owner that had it,
Larry Park in the ’70s, he made the flares bigger in the
back, which is really close to what you got. I recently just had the car
painted at my shop. And I slightly modified it
just to make it a little cleaner on the edges. Other than that, this car, the
way you see it, it’s been like this for well over 30 years. The body hasn’t changed. So this car has been this
cool for that long. MIKE MUSTO: Right now we’re
doing, I think, 20. So if we run up through the
gears and just roll, I mean, it revs to 7,500. Oh, man. It’s just– this car is so good. First off, the original owner
didn’t see a need to improve on what is perhaps one of the
coolest interiors of that era. Brian’s dad didn’t see a
need to improve on it. Brian did not see a need
to improve on it. What that meant was that
we have stock gauges. These aren’t after-market– these are stock ’65 gauges. And it really, really
lends to the car. Everything works as it should. Information is presented clear
as day because the gauges are that big, and it just doesn’t
take away from the car. I mean, its interior is
a stock ’65 bed– that’s what it is. No bells and whistles because
the car doesn’t need them. Even underneath the car,
the suspension– yes, it’s been modified, but
it’s fairly original. Meaning spring purchase and
everything like that are exactly at the same spots that
they were when the car came off the line in ’65. Upper control arms, stock ’65. Now, you guys might notice right
now that I’m stuffed into this racing seat, and I
have a five-point harness on. And there’s a reason for that. The handling of this car is
such that it will toss you around like you can’t believe,
and that’s not a criticism. Not a criticism at all– it sticks like glue. I mean, you come into a corner,
throw it in, and there’s no lack of confidence. You just kind of know where
the car is going to stick. A lot of that is due to the
suspension tuning that Brian has given it. It’s due to these
big 315 series tires on 18-inch wheels. It’s unbelievable. I mean, I’ve driven– and you guys know this, and I
apologize if I say it again, but I’ve driven a lot of cars. And I’m always amazed, when we
drive these pro-touring cars, of how good they, and how
good the owners have gotten them to be. And the fact that it can go out
and go toe-to-toe with a Porsche, or a Ferrari,
or a Corvette– that’s a massive achievement. A massive achievement. Look at this. This is [BLEEP] outstanding. Are you kidding me? Oh my god. This is so good. BRIAN HOBAUGH: My daughter,
she’s 15 right now. And she gets her permit
actually next month. And she’s excited to get in
this car, and I’m excited. My dad is, too. We’ll have three generations
driving this car at the same time. For many years, I thought
this car was the ultimate street car. And this year, it will be at the
OPTIMA Ultimate Streetcar Invitational. And I’m super excited about
getting out there and showing what this old car can do. People know this car
and love this car. And the cool thing about this
car is, not only locally but since we did travel, a lot
of people around the country know this car. And I get so many people say
that this is their favorite autocross car. And they’ve said it
for 20 years. MIKE MUSTO: Do I wish
there was a little more ground clearance? Yeah, I do. But it’s not my car,
so what the hell? It really doesn’t matter. And you’ve got to remember that
Brian autocrosses the crap out of this thing. And because of that, he knows
the ride height at which to set this car at. He knows how it should handle,
what it should feel like. And what he needs to get
is those winning results, and he does. Brian’s one of the guys that
shows up at the autocross and everybody goes, ah, [BLEEP]. Because they know if he’s there,
they’re in trouble. The fact that it looks like
this, drives like this, and handles like this, obviously,
it’s just an added bonus. It’s one of those cars that when
we show up and we see the car in person, we realize just
how much we love our jobs. We realize that, my god, there
are still people out there that have the vision to take a
chance on a car and not build it for somebody else. But build it for themselves and
their family, and they use it just to make stories. If this car could talk, think
about the stories it would give you about Brian’s dad,
about Brian, about the future stories that are going to be
presented to his daughter because of it. They’re wonderful. They’re just simply wonderful. And it’s hard for me not to get
emotional, because these will never be duplicated–
ever. BRIAN HOBAUGH: What I love about
this car is the history of the car, the thing, the bond
between my dad and I. This car is going to
stay in the family. I just can’t see selling it. My dad and I have talked about,
oh, it’d be cool to have a new Corvette, because
they’re so cool. But they’re not like this car. This is never going to happen. I won’t let him sell it. I’m not going to sell it. Yeah, there’s just too much in
life to get rid of something that’s such a part of you. MIKE MUSTO: I want everybody
to pause for a moment and really look at this car. Think about its organic shape,
the flowing of lines, and the powerful stance. Understand that it was not
crafted at some high-end Italian factory, but instead
built on an assembly line at St. Louis, Missouri. It featured fuel injection, a
fully independent suspension system, and had the name Sting
Ray grafted onto the front dash panel. It was uniquely American. And to this day, it is still one
of the most beautiful cars to ever have emerged from the
General Motors design studios. To Brian, we say thank you for
letting us drive this car. And we look forward to checking
in with you again soon to see what your daughter
thinks of it.

100 Replies to “The Original Sting Ray – /BIG MUSCLE”

  1. We are still living or experiencing the golden age of the vehicle – fortunately/unfortunately this will be the rare era we will be telling future generations about.

  2. This car is ridiculous…just freaking awesome…take a Corvette…in many ways old news ..too common …I have a super nice c5 …but this makes my p..y wet and I'm a dude !lol

  3. I always default to underdogs …corvairs 928's old jags ..volt ..fiero ..1st Maserati..but another c3 …who cares …but this is on another level…well done

  4. Proud owner of 67 coupe 350hp 4speed. I've owned since 75. Pry my cold dead hands off the keys. It has so much more personality than the new ones, so much more room interior wise. It's the car that wasn't supposed to because the c3 was delayed.
    Oh the best thing are the side pipes

  5. i need a masectomy i geuss im a cunt becuase i dont trust anyones cooking in this diabetic hell thevve been injecting estrogin to overcome benzprine im tore the fuck up with fibrous muscl;es and body joints about to explode and that goddaqmn thing made it worth it mert

  6. The blacked out trim really makes that car. I haven't liked traditional chrome since 1990, yet auto manufacturers just keep piling the shit on, especially on trucks. They even have chrome package options (eeeekkk!!!).

  7. I had a 65 convertible from 1973 till 1986 paid 3150. Sold it for 6300. Now restored worth55,000. 327- 350 h.p. mine looked better than this altered, chopped up, prefabricated piece of no numbers matching shit!!!!! Why mess with perfection?

  8. Yo if you look at the subtitles at 1:35 they read 1970 Ford Camaro but im pretty sure that he says 1974 Camaro right?

  9. It looks more like , what I always knew as a kid growing up , what was called a Mako Shark !! Notice the wide fender skirts that’s not on every sting ray !! And if it came from the factory like that ….. like I said , it looks like a Mako Shark !

  10. Since I was 16 my dream car was and still is a 67 vette with a 427/435 hp with factory side pipes. This is the only car I would take in a convertible. That stinger hood scoop with 427 #'s on the side of the scoop were magical to me. I had a 74, 08, 11 GS and finally a 17 GS.

  11. I regret selling my 70 SS big block Chevelle that I fully restored from age 17 to 19. 1987 I became ultra-conservative I sold the car bought a Toyota Corolla and my first house at age 19. Yet there was some good that came out of it I still miss the car immensely!

  12. Beautiful car I would keep it in the family as well. I would tell my nephew nieces, especially my nephew because most likely he would get it if I owned it. Don't ever sell it keep it in the family. That is the way to do it. Also I was guessing it to be a 65 or 66, one of those 2 years. I was born in 65, I would love it as a birthday gift or Christmas gift. I think if somebody owned a car like this and in great condition like this one, I would go as high as $50,000 for it.

  13. My dad owns a 72 stingray I want to buy a 64 because my dad was born that year but they are so hard to find

  14. I wonder if David went back to see what the daughter thinks about it, does anyone out there know about that and is there video

  15. I recently bought a Model Kit '63 White #4 Grand Sport by Accurate Miniatures off Ebay and would greatly appreciate any History on the Car itself. I hope they recreate your '65 in miniature as well. BEAUTIFUL VETTE !

  16. Corral hallow/ Tesla rd in livermore ca.
    I love taking the cobra and doubling the speed limit in the corners. Ive seen this car at good guys in Pleasanton and it is amazing.

  17. Beautifully incredible car. I don't like the fin on the back, but it ain't my car lol. Outside of that it's perfect.

  18. I don't know why, I thought it was a split back. That is about the only thing that could make that cooler.

  19. growing up in the 80"s i had a friend who's parents had a 63 split window it was flared out just like this an lowwwww with the ground effects . every since then a split window is the only corvette in my mind this car reminds me of it this car is mint

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