1963 Corvette: The Chevrolet Corvette was first introduced for the 1953 model year, and of course it was the brainchild of the legendary automotive designer Harley Earl. This first-generation of the Corvette design lasted through the 1962 model year.
1963 signaled the beginning of the second-generation of Corvette production, and with it came the introduction of the name “Corvette Sting Ray.” A lot of people are not aware of the fact that the Sting Ray designation was not always a part of the Corvette name.
This second-generation was designed by Larry Shinoda under the direction of Bill Mitchell, who was the vice president of the styling section of General Motors. These cars were smaller than the first-generation and one of the big changes was the fact that the 1963 Corvette line included a coupe and this was the first time a coupe was offered. The cars had a split rear window which was an eye catching feature, and the rear of the vehicle had a sleek tapered look.
The largest engine that was available in the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette was the 327 cubic inch overhead valve fuel injection V-8 that was rated at 360 hp. These cars were a bit lighter than their predecessors but the engine was just as powerful adding to the performance capabilities.
The sticker price on the 1963 Corvette convertible was $4037, and the coupe was a bit more expensive at $4252. Sales of the 1963 Corvette set a record for the model at that time. There were 21,513 1963 Corvettes produced, and this is quite a jump over the previous year’s figure of 14,531. Production of the coupes and convertibles was almost equal with 10,919 convertibles leaving the factories as compared to 10,594 coupes
1963 was an exciting year for the Corvette as it ushered in a new era that would last until the third-generation of the classic vehicle was unveiled for the 1968 model year.