1963 Chevy Corvette Sting Ray: Z06 Fastback

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1963 Corvette Sting Ray

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The 1963 Corvette turned out to one of the greatest ever, a brilliant synthesis of styling and performance. The cars were called 'Sting Rays' to emphasize that they were different to all the Corvettes that had gone before. The Sting Ray was the joint concept of design expert Bill Mitchell, and engineering genius Zora Duntov. Duntov had been a racing driver, and was very aware of the handling and performance of the car, while Mitchell wanted to inject the glamor of the European sports cars into Corvette. The contemporary Jaguars in particular are credited with influencing the graceful, swooping lines of the car. He himself drove an E-Type.

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Blue 1963 Corvette split window hot rod

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Rear Sting Ray Emblem

The Corvette received a major restyling in 1963, the first since its introduction ten years earlier in 1953. Now, two models of the Corvette were available for the first time. There was the traditional convertible, and then, big improvement, the first Corvette coupe. They were introduced for the first time in this model year 1963. The exceptional 'boattail' fastback would be the only Corvette ever to have the unique 'split' rear window, now highly coveted by classic car collectors. It gave the car a very special, unique and very cool appearance. Apart from this unusual feature, the rear deck view resembled that of the 1962 Corvette body, but the rest of the car was unrecognizable from its predecessors. There was much to admire: The headlights were hidden in an electronically operated panel. This was not done as a gimmick, but a serious effort to improve the aerodynamics of the car. At the time, Corvette and Jaguar were two of the few car models to have grasped this concept. In fact, Corvette was the first manufacturer to introduce hidden headlights since the DeSoto of 1942 (which were nicely done). The recessed fake hood louvers were of the more superficial styling type, however. But who cared? The look was just fabulous.

1963 interior

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Coupe engine

1963 Chevrolet Corvette burn-out

Mechanically, this was the year when Duntov introduced the famous ladder-frame chassis and suspension layout. The center of gravity for the car was lowered from nineteen to sixteen and a half inches (so that ground clearance was reduced to only five inches) and weight was evenly distributed between the front and rear axles. This resulted in both excellent road holding and overall ride quality. The interior had circular gauges with black faces, windshield washers, carpeting, an outside rearview mirror, dual exhaust, a tachometer, electric clock, heater and defroster, cigarette lighter, and safety belts were all fitted as standard.

Interior 1963 Coupe

1963 Chevy Corvette Emblem

1963 Corvette Jet Boat

1963 Corvette Convertible


1963 Corvette Custom Coupe

1963 Corvette Custom Coupe

Engine: V8 overhead valve, cast iron block
Base Price: $4257
Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
Horsepower: 250 at 4400 rpm
Displacement: 327 cid
Number Produced: 10,594

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