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1963 Corvette C2 StingRay
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Under the direction of Bill Mitchell, the new Corvette was penned by Larry Shinoda. It was based on Bill Mitchell's 1959 Stingray racer and the 1961 Mako Shark. Revealed to the world on June 1962, two models - a coupe and a convertible - were introduced. Both were a radical departure from anything sold to the public at the time. They were lower (almost three inches) narrower (3½ inches) and shorter by two inches than the previous generation. Their sleekness was indisputable. If you compare it to the other domestic offerings, it is easy to understand the impact it had. Wherever their owners took them, racetrack, boulevard or rally, the new Corvette looked like it belonged.

1963 Chevrolet Corvette C2 Sting Ray Coupe. Color: Riverside Red 1963 Chevrolet Corvette C2 Sting Ray Split Window Coupe. Color: Sebring Silver
1963 Chevrolet Corvette C2 Sting Ray Split Window Coupe 1963 Chevrolet Corvette C2 Sting Ray Convertible

1963 Corvette StingRay For Sale

1963 Split Window 327-340 hp
Price: $69,995 (Trades Considered)
Exterior: Blue
Interior: Blue
Miles: 0
Location: Napoleon, Ohio

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1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe, 327-340 hp, 4 speed, numbers match. Also has factory original body/trim tag (more)

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1961 Mako Shark 1959 Sting Ray race car
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

1963 Corvette C2 Sting Ray Split Window Coupe 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.
1963 Corvette hood bulge 1963 Corvette coupe split rear window 1963 Corvette coupe rear vision
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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(Sultan, Washington, US)says...

I sold my 1963 Vette because I was getting married and my wife wanted a larger car. Now I wish I had kept it and not gotten married. But that is life.

(Sultan, Washington, US)says...

I was stupid and sold my 63 Vette because I got married. Now I wish I would have kept it and not gotten married. That's life.

1963 was a great year for Corvettes, they shoulda kept the split window but then they didn\'t ask me!

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