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The first year of the C2 Corvette.  Design based on the XP-755 Mako Shark concept.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Chevrolet Corvette (C2) page on 29 March 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The 1963 Corvette Sting Ray not only had a new design, but also newfound handling prowess. The Sting Ray was also a somewhat lighter Corvette, so acceleration improved despite unchanged horsepower. 21,513 units would be built for the 1963 model year, which was up 50 percent from the record-setting 1962 version. Production was divided almost evenly between the convertible and the new coupe - 10,919 and 10,594, respectively - and more than half the convertibles were ordered with the optional lift-off hardtop. Nevertheless, the coupe wouldn't sell as well again throughout the Sting Ray years. In fact, not until 1969 (by which time the coupe came with removable T-tops) did the closed Corvette sell better than the open one. Equipment installations for 1963 began reflecting the market's demand for more civility in sporting cars. - the power brake option went into 15 percent of production, power steering into 12 percent. On the other hand, only 278 buyers specified the $421.80 air conditioning; leather upholstery - a mere $80.70 - was ordered on only about 400 cars. The beautiful cast aluminum knock-off wheels, manufactured for Chevy by Kelsey-Hayes, cost $322.80 a set, but few buyers checked off that option. However, almost 18,000 Sting Rays left St. Louis with the four-speed manual gearbox - better than four out of every five.

All 1963 cars had 327cid engines, which made 250 hp (186 kW) standard, with optional variants that made 300 hp (224 kW), 340 hp (254 kW) and 360 hp (268 kW). The most powerful engine was the Rochester fuel injected 327cid V8, which made 360 hp (272 kW). Options available on the C2 included AM-FM radio (mid 1963), air conditioning, and leather upholstery. Also available for the first time ever on a Corvette was a special performance equipment package the RPO Z-06. These Corvettes came to be known as known as the "Big Tanks" because the package initially had a 36.5-gallon gas tank versus the standard 20-gallon for races such as Sebring and Daytona. At first, the package was only available on coupes because the oversized tank would not fit in the convertible. Only 199 1963 Z-06 Corvettes were produced usually reserved for racing, of the 199 a total of 6 were specifically created for Lemans racing by Chevrolet.

1 of 6 1963 Z-06 Sting Ray's built late in 1962 to race at Riverside in October. They were destined to compete in a different sort of race for sports cars, a NASCAR sanctioned event on the famous Daytona Oval. This meant the cars needed to be prepared to a different set of rules, the same as those for the big Grand National stock cars. The chassis was modified extensively and an experimental 427 engine installed. The car was lightened in every way possible and weighed just over 2800 pounds. Extra fuel was carried in a specially fabricated tank occupying the area behind the driver. Driven by Junior Johnson, this special car was the fastest qualifier at over 162 mph. Plagued by rain in the race, substitute driver Billy Krause finished third behind Paul Goldsmith's Pontiac and A.J. Foyt in another Corvette.

New for the 1963 model year was an optional electronic ignition, the breakerless magnetic pulse-triggered Delcotronic, first offered by Pontiac on some 1963 models.


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1990 Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance at Stanford Poster - 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport/1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 1990 Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance
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Hot Rods and Racing Cars: Issue 64 Clint Curtis Races the '63 Corvette
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Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Racing Champions 762621963 Corvette Sting RayCorvette 50th Anniversary Collection, Series 3, small scale, white
Die Cast - Hot Wheels L3103-0918B'63 Corvette2007 All Stars, small scale, blue w/silver stripe
Model Kit - Revell 85-1968'63 Corvette Sting Ray CoupeSnap-Tite 1:25 scale
Model Kit - AMT 67741963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible1:25 scale
Model Kit - AMT 65201963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray1:25 scale


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