1963 was the only year for the 'split-window' body-style of the Chevrolet Corvette. In this year, Chevrolet offered a special performance package called the Z06. The purpose of the Z06 was to give privateers extra factory support by homologating the specialty performance equipment.
The Z06 option included a 327 cubic-inch V8 engine which produced an astonishing 360 horsepower. Al-fin front drum brakes and heavy-duty suspension greatly improved the vehicles handling characteristics. The fuel tank was enlarged to 36-gallons and posi-traction was standard.
The RPO Z06 option set the buyer back an additional $1818 plus an additional cost of extra optional equipment. This series was intended for only the true racers longing for an off-the-shelf performance machine. In total, 199 examples were constructed. by Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2007In late 1963, Ken Hablow of Chestnut Hill, MA went shopping for a strong running entry for the up and coming 12 hours at Daytona in February 1964. Hablow needed a competitive car and driver lineup, thus he found the famous Allen 'Doc' Wyllie. Doc endured much success during his racing career from Daytona to Sebring and had a 5th place finish at Sebring 1962. This car owned by Doc Wyllie was a White factory 'Big Tank' 'Big Brake' Z06. Wyllie had warned Hablow the car would need an intense shake down before entering the big endurance race at Daytona in 1964. The young and aggressive 23 year old Ken Hablow ignored the warning signs from Wyllie and entered the 12 Hour endurance race. Running as car #7 driven by Tom Rizzo and Fred Darling, the car was dramatically retired after 169 laps due to an end over end crash finally resting right side up. Luckily, Rizzo walked away virtually unscathed. Depressed, Ken Hablow tied the remains of this factory White Z06 Corvette to a trailer and headed home.
Due to the extensive damage of the White Z06, Hablow went to Linders of Worcester, MA and purchased a 1963 Daytona Blue Coupe vin 30837S103070. With the help of chief mechanic, Ken Duclos, they rebuilt the White Daytona car into the new Blue 1963 from Linders. Said mechanic Ken Duclos, 'We took this car back to MA, stripped whatever was salvageable, i.e. brakes, suspension, engine and fuel injection assembly, and the original 36 gallon fuel tank.' Thus upon its completion the Blue 1963 was now a genetically correct Z06.
According to Ken Hablow, 'We had all been quite friendly with Don Yenko going back to 1960 as we traveled the circuit as a group and Corvette owners stayed together at the tracks to help each other when necessary.'
Thus Hablow hired Yenko and his close friend John Bushell to pilot this 1963 Corvette. At Daytona 1965 running as car #28, this car was forced to retire due to a water pump induced engine failure. Hablow decided he was not going to give up; he readied the car next month for the grueling 12 hours of Sebring in March 1965. At Sebring 1965, the car was raced as #61, I was probably doing 110 mph when I heard a tremendous thump. The car pitched to the right, skidded over a low curbing and that's when I heard the suspension parts as they started to snap. After fish tailing a couple of times he managed to straighten out and pull over to the right side of the course. No question the damage was severe; I had to make a decision - whether to try and make the repairs on the spot, or try and make it back to the pits on three wheels.'
John managed to make it back to pit road in an attempt to have the team make the necessary repairs; but there was too much damage. The rear brake drum and hub assembly were completely destroyed and the car was 'reluctantly withdrawn.'
Hablow wasn't finished with this car. In 1965, he hired Ken Duclos to rebuild and drive the car with a 'Grand Sport' body-kit and a new 396 cubic-inch Big Block. This car went on to become the famous car #34, the 'Golden Goose' that racked up many victories, most notably at Nassau Speed-Weeks in December of 1965. This is perhaps the first big block Corvette to ever win a major race in GT Class!
In January 2004 Lawrence Sachs acquired the 'Centerpiece' of his collection. After researching the car for 3.5 years and advertising for documentation and information, he has assembled a beautiful portfolio of information and valued memories. When John Bushell saw the film clip that Mr. Sachs acquired, he became sentimental and teary eyed and claimed, 'My God, I'm watching a distant piece of my life reappear!'
This car has undergone an extensive detailed restoration now reclaiming its life on that fateful Saturday of Sebring 1965.
The extensive restoration was completed by J.R. and Bob Amantea of Meriden, CT. The impeccable paint and detailed body work was performed with T.L.C. by Ray Zisa and the Corvette Center of Newington, CT.
The expensive, firm guidance, and irreplaceable original parts were provided by leading Z06 expert Franz Estereicher. Much appreciation for the diligent research and reproduction of decals by Steve DeVaux. A special thanks goes to Kevin Mackay for his support and consultation given to the current owner of this vehicle. Erick Kuckhoff (previous owner from 1981-2004) are also thanked for providing some original parts.Source - The Cars Owner
In 1962, Zora Duntov and Chevrolet released the Z06 racing option for the new 1963 Corvette Sting Ray. This car is the first in a group of six Z06s initially offered only to prominent Chevrolet racers. It was sold through Don Steves Chevrolet in Lo....[continue reading]
In 1963 Chevrolet was out to win races. With the all-new Corvette Sting Ray, featuring lighter weight, independent rear suspension, better brakes, and an optional Ramjet fuel injected 327 cubic-inch engine with an impressive 360 horsepower, the compe....[continue reading]
As 1962 came to a close, Chevrolet introduced the all-new 1963 String Ray. Chevrolet made sure that racers such as Bob Bondurant, Dave McDonald and Jerry Grant were among the first to receive Corvettes coupes equipped with the special Z06 road racing....[continue reading]
This 1963 Corvette Split-Window Coupe came with a Z06 Racing Package and also a rare NO3 option 36-gallon gas tank (tank car). General Motors built 63 of these cars to be raced by privateers. This car was purchased by Vince Pickens, head of General....[continue reading]
The Mickey Thompson Corvette is one of six 1963 Z-06 Stingray's built late in 1962 to race at Riverside in October. This car, and one like it, never saw Riverside. They were destined to compete in a different sort of race for sports cars, a NASCAR sa....[continue reading]
The 1963 Sting Ray was a rare case of a new car being as impressive mechanically as it was visually. The final design benefitted from the Q-Corvette project, from Bill Mitchell's Sting Ray race car and from Zora Duntov's pet project, the CERV 1. ....[continue reading]
1963 was the first year of the new body style known as the Corvette Sting Ray. This is also the only year the Corvette had the split rear window. With the new body style and sleek lines, the Corvette was poised to become more involved in road racing.....[continue reading]
This car was built by Chevrolet in St. Louis and then exported to Australia where it was converted to right-hand-drive. It has a production date of May 11, 1963. It is one of only 199 produced with the Z06 special performance equipment and this one i....[continue reading]
Built in late February 1963, shortly after GM's announcement of a ban on sanctioned racing, this Z06 is a fine example of a purpose-built Corvette racer. Alvin Forsyth Chevrolet, located in the greater Pittsburgh area, had a personal relationship wit....[continue reading]
Built as a road race car, this Corvette was driven by Gary Pickens with gusto, and some success, across the United States helped by Harry Mann Chevrolet in Los Angeles. The goal was besting Shelby and Porsche. The car came with the Z06 performance pa....[continue reading]
The 1963 Stingray ensured Bill Mitchell a permanent place in the history of GM's favorite sports car, the Corvette. The gorgeous new shape paid homage to boat tailed speedster designs of the 1930's while the car sat atop a newly designed frame and ca....[continue reading]
Chevrolet's heritage dates to 1911 when businessman William 'Billy' Durant and racer Louis Chevrolet teamed to form the Chevrolet Motor Company. Fast forward five decades to 1963; a stunning new design is introduced. It was the first year for a Corve....[continue reading]
This Z06 Coupe, on display at the Corvette Museum, has been raced competitively in the United States as well as Europe, including the famous Nurburgring in Germany and the Zolder in Belgium. It has a 36.5 gallon fuel capacity, solid lifters, a Roches....[continue reading]
Just 199 buyers selected the Z06 option in 1963 making it amongst the rarest Corvette models ever made. The Z06 was sometimes fitted with the N03 option which featured a 36-gallon competition fuel tank with oversized filler cap and neck for quick pit....[continue reading]
This Corvette is one of 78 'Big Tank' Z06 models built. It was completed on June 25th of 1963 finished in Sebring Silver with black interior. It was originally delivered to MF Jones Chevrolet in Dallas, Georgia. In 2015, it completed a comprehensive ....[continue reading]
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