The Chevrolet Corvette, or Vette for short, has long been an icon in American made sports cars. It is one of the best know model for Chevrolet and General Motors. The first Corvette was introduced in 1953 and continued through the 1962 model year. For 1963 model year, Chevrolet introduced the second generation Corvette, known as the C2. The Corvette of this era is also commonly referred to as the Sting Ray. The second generation Corvette was smaller than the first generation. The car was designed by Larry Shinoda and heavily styled after a concept design called the “Q Corvette”.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
The 1963 Corvette was offered in both convertible and coupe version. The coupe was named the “Sting Ray”and featured a distinctive tapering rear deck with a split rear window. Other features of the Sting Ray included hidden headlamps, non-functional hood vents, and an independent rear suspension. The engine for 1963 produced 360 horsepower. New options included an AM-FM radio (mid-1963) and air conditioning (late-1963).
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
Chevrolet made minor revisions to the Corvette for 1964. The split rear window was replaced by a full width window. The decorative hood vents were removed. And the horsepower rating was increased to 375 bhp.
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
More tweaks were made to the Corvette in 1965. Four-wheel disc brakes were introduced. Chevrolet added a big block engine option a 396 cubic inch 425 bhp V8. Side exhaust pipes were made an option. An a telescopic steering wheel was available.
1966 Chevrolet Corvette
The Corvette carried over from the previous year with minimal changes. Chevrolet did introduce an even larger V8 engine in 1966, a 427 cubic inch big block. The other big change was the addition of headrests to the seats.
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
This would be the final year for the C2 Corvette. Changes for the model year included restyled fender vents, less ornamentation, and revised tail lamps. The new tail lamps was the first Corvette to have all four taillights in red. Chevrolet also added the L88 engine option which was rated at 430 bhp.
An all new Corvette would appear in the 1968 model year.