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1963 Corvette C2 StingRay
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1963 Red Corvette This 1963 Corvette has had a full frame off restoration. The car comes with pictures of the restoration, the car is in need of a few minor things to finish the restoration (more)
Two of the influences in Larry Shinoda's design for the 1963 Corvette - the Mako Shark (left) and the Sting Ray racer (right).
Split Window Decision
Like many great works of art, the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray was controversial. One of the signature elements of the '63 coupe was the split rear window. Bill Mitchell pushed for it, insisting that it was needed to complete the lines started with the pointed hood bulge (below left). It was known as the "stinger" concept and in his mind the ridge that ran through the roof (below middle) needed to be emphasized. But Corvette Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov was against it; his engineering sense told him that the rear visibility sacrifice (below right) made it a bad idea.
The coupe did feature a fair amount of storage space (above right) which was carpeted to avoid scuffing. The one problem is that access past the seats was difficult.
The critics and customers sided with Zora and so the split window became a conventional one piece style in 1964 Corvette Stingray and subsequent years. The collector car market has a definite opinion on the subject however as prices for split window coupes are much higher than for their conventional counterparts. Part of this can be attributed to the limited availability since the split window had only a one year gig; also the needs are different since collector cars are driven much less than when they were new.
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