The 1963 Corvette Sting Ray

    1963 Corvette Sting Ray

    Called America's native sports car, these cars were first introduced in 1953 and along the way, by 1992, they reached sales of 1 million units. The mid-year Corvettes, also called C2,  which the Sting Rays are known, are lighter than the first generation (C1) Corvettes.

    1963 Corvette Stingray Split Window

    The phases that are in the memories of Corvette lovers: the purity of the early Corvette, the glamour of the 1956-1962 models,  the lusciousness of the 1963-1967 Corvettes, the last four model years are the most sought-after Corvettes of all.

    Known for its futuristic design, sleek styling, and a beautiful exterior,  to this day this car remains as a true collectors' item.

    All Corvettes prior to the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray were open roadsters. With these models, a fixed-head coupe became available. They also came with twin, pop-up headlights hidden behind electrically operated covers - not seen since the 1942 DeSoto. Doing so helped in aerodynamic efficiency, not just a gimmick.

    For some 1963 models only which came with split-screen, a design favored by Bill Mitchell, GM's styling chief, they became the most sought after Sting Rays despite their obvious flaws - a blocked rear vision.

    The Sting Ray, whose design could be traced back to the Sting Ray Special Racer and experimental XP720, came in three engine sizes, all V8s, with power options ranging from 250 bhp to 560 bhp. The interior came with twin-hooped dash, deep-dished, wood-effect steering wheel. Tachometer, seat belts, and electric clock came as standard. Power steering was an option.

    A few improvements after the 1963 Rays: 1964 convertibles came with snug-fitting detachable hardtop, the 1965 version got four-wheeled disc brakes in place of all-around drums.

    1963 Corvette Sting Ray Specs

    Production  118,964 (1963-1967 models)

    Body Styles  Two-door sports convertible or fastback coupe.

    Construction  Fiberglass body; X-braced pressed-steel box-section chassis.

    Engines  OHV V8, 5359cc (327cid), 6495cc (396cid), 7008(427cid).

    Power Output  250-375 bhp (5359cc), 390-560 bhp (7008cc).

    Transmission  Three-speed manual, optional four-speed manual, or Powerglide auto.

    A black 1963 Corvette Stingray

    Suspension  Independent all around.  Front: unequal-length wishbones with coil springs; Rear: transverse leaf springs.

    Brakes  Drums to 1965, then discs all around.

    Maximum Speed  152 mph

    0-60 mph  5.4 sec

    0-100 mph  13.1 sec

    1963  Sport Coupe

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