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1963 Chevrolet Corvette

In 1963, Corvette introduced its all-new Corvette Coupé and Convertible models called the Sting Rays. The car incorporated a boat-tail taper back end that was common of sporting roadster of the 1930s. The back featured a Bugatti Atlantique and Bertone BAT inspired split rear-window. This styling was replaced in 1964 with a single piece because of drivers complaining about visibility problems. The headlights were concealed in the front and would 'pop' out when in use.

The Larry Shinoda styling of the 1963 Corvette was inspired by a race car built by Bill Mitchell known as the 'Mitchell Sting Ray.' Mitchell was also inspired by a Mako Shart he had caught while deep-sea fishing. The final inspiration came from a concept design called the 'Q Corvette,' which was created by Chuck Pohlmann and Peter Brock under the styling direction of Bill Mitchell.

The new Corvette had an angular body, minimal brightwork, and the distinct split rear window on the coupe version. This was the first year that Corvette offered both a coupe and a convertible version. Nonfunctional vents were featured on both the sides and the hood and it was the only year for the split window. Several owners, who found the split window controversial, later removed the split and installed a one-piece, 1964 rear window.

New plants in St. Louis, Missouri were opened to keep pace with the popularity of the vehicle.

The wheelbase was shortened by four inches to 98 inches. This, along with independent rear suspension, improved handling and maneuverability. The steering ratio decreased from 3.4 to 2.9 turns-to-lock. Hydraulically assisted power steering was also offered for the first time. The drum brakes were still used. The optional sintered metallic linings and finned aluminum brake drums were offered and allowed greater fade resistance and better cooling. The standard engine offered 250 horsepower, but the top fuel-injected model offered up to 360 horsepower.

The base price for the coupe was $4,257.00 while the convertible ran $4,037.00. The 1963 model year would produce 10,594 coupes and 10,919 convertibles.


by Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2005

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1963 Vehicle Profiles

1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Convertible

One of the Last 1963 Sting Rays Built
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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Convertible

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

Chassis Num: 30837S105122
Engine Num: 3105122-F1207RF

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

Chassis Num: 308375101682

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

Chassis Num: 30837S102210

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Convertible

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Convertible

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Convertible

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Convertible

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

Chassis Num: 30837S105479
Engine Num: 3105479 F11126RF

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

Chassis Num: 30837S118592

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

Chassis Num: 30837S105895
Engine Num: 3105895 I2I9RD

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

Chassis Num: 30837S115727

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

Chassis Num: 30837S105850
Engine Num: F1120RF 3105850

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Convertible
 
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Convertible
 
Fastback Coupe
 
Fastback Coupe
Chassis #: 30837S105122 
Fastback Coupe
Chassis #: 308375101682 
Fastback Coupe
Chassis #: 30837S102210 
Convertible
 
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Convertible
 
Fastback Coupe
 
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Fastback Coupe
Chassis #: 30837S105479 
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Chassis #: 30837S118592 
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Chassis #: 30837S105895 
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Fastback Coupe
Chassis #: 30837S115727 
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Chassis #: 30837S105850 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1963 Corvette
$4,250-$22,503,030
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Price Range: $4,035 - $4,250

Other 1963 Chevrolet Models

Corvette C2

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
21,513
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 250.00hp
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 300.00hp
8 cyl., 326.72 CID., 304.00hp
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 340.00hp
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 360.00hp
$4,035 - $4,250
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 377.00 CID., 616.00hp
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 300.00hp
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 250.00hp
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 300.00hp
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 365.00hp
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 375.00hp
$4,040 - $4,250
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 250.00hp
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 300.00hp
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 350.00hp
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 365.00hp
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 375.00hp
8 cyl., 396.00 CID., 425.00hp
$2,947 - $3,210
27,720
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 300.00hp
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 350.00hp
8 cyl., 427.00 CID., 390.00hp
8 cyl., 427.00 CID., 425.00hp
$4,080 - $4,290
22,940
98.00 in.
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 300.00hp
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 350.00hp
8 cyl., 427.00 CID., 390.00hp
8 cyl., 427.00 CID., 400.00hp
8 cyl., 427.00 CID., 435.00hp
8 cyl., 427.00 CID., 560.00hp
$4,141 - $4,353

Industry Production

#1#2#3Chevrolet
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)2,139,290
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)2,206,639
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)2,206,639
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)2,375,118
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)2,318,619
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)2,237,201
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)2,061,677
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)1,318,014
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)1,653,168
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)1,462,140
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)1,142,460

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