1963-1967 C2 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray: Engine, Performance, and Features
Brand Development, Growth & Expansion
The Chevrolet Corvette C2 sports car, known as the Stingray, was manufactured from 1963 to 1967. The 1963 Corvette was offered as a 2-door coupe or convertible with a split rear window and faux hood vents. The C2 was fashioned after an unmanufactured design called the Q Corvette, the Jaguar E-Type, and a Mako shark that was caught by designer Larry Shinoda's boss, Bill Mitchell.
Zora Arkus-Duntov was the brainchild behind a lighter version
of the Corvette C2, the Grand Sport Corvette - meant to compete against
the Ford Shelby Cobra. The Grand Sport Corvette is still the most
valuable Vette ever manufactured with only five built. 117,964 Corvette C2's were assembled at the Chevrolet plant in St. Louis, Missouri.
Design & Technology
The 1963 Corvette was designed with even more emphasis on style and performance than its predecessors. For the first time the Corvette built independent rear suspension into its line. From 1963 to 1967 the Corvette was offered with a 327 inch small-block V8 with 250, 300, 340, 350, or 365 hp or a 327 inch small-block FI V8 engine with 360 or 375 hp. In 1965, the Corvette C2 was sold with a 396 inch big-block V8 engine producing 425 hp. In 1966 and 1967 Chevrolet sold a 427 inch big-block V8 engine with 390 or 425 hp. And the last C2 sported a 427 inch big-block, tri-power V8 engine with either 400 or 435 hp.
Options in the 1963 Corvette included a telescopic steering wheel, air conditioning, headrests, and an AM/FM radio. In 2004, Sports Car International awarded the C2 Corvette Stingray fifth on the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960's.
In 1963, the Corvette got a new coupe body style with a split rear window. In 1964, due to safety concerns, the rear split window became a single pane and the faux hood vents removed. The 1965 Corvette saw the last year of fuel injection until 1982, meanwhile a side-discharge exhaust, four-wheel disc brakes, and the big-block V8 were introduced. A bulging hood for the 427 inch big-block was introduced in 1966 and the 300 hp, 327-inch small-block V8 engine became standard. The big-block hood bulge was redesigned as a scoop, the parking brake was changed to a center-mounted lever and five-louver fenders were added in 1967, which was originally slated to be the first of the C3 line of Corvettes. The 1967 Corvette tri-power 427 became the most popular Corvette in history and has been sold for $1,000,000 at auction.