History of the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette
The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray took the sports car world by storm. Derived from Bill Mitchell’s 1957 SS racer and XP-720 prototype, it had hidden headlights, a knife-edge front and horizontal rib round the car. New fastback coupe bodywork featured a split back window and doors that cut into the roof. The frame was four inches shorter than the 1962 model as well as lighter and stiffer. There would be no opening trunk lid until 1968.
The 327 cid Chevy small-block OHV V-8 carried over from 1962, with 250 bhp up to 360 bhp with Rochester fuel-injection. Top speed ranged from 118-150 mph and 0-60 mph from 9.1 to 5.8 seconds. Transmission was 4-speed manual or 2-speed Powerglide automatic. Power brakes, steering and windows were optional, as was air-conditioning. Suspension was now fully independent with front coil springs and a frame-mounted rear differential, transverse leaf spring and u-jointed half shafts.
Corvette sales jumped 50 percent from 14,531 in 1962 to 21,513 in 1963 – 10,594 coupes and 10,919 roadsters, which were available with an angular hardtop. While 199 Special Performance Equipment Coupes (aka the Z06) cost almost $2,000 over the $4,252 base coupe and are now highly collectible, the five competition Grand Sports are some of the most valuable Corvettes today, worth millions.PLUS up to $2,000 reconditioning fees on qualifying vehicles. Sales tax, in your County, title, and tags not included in vehicle prices shown and must be paid by the purchaser. While great effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this site, errors do occur. Please confirm availability of vehicle. So please verify information with a custom service representative. This is easily done calling us or visiting us at the dealership.
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