Enthusiasts Find of the Week: Split Window 1963 Corvette Sting Ray

18:03  06 july  2018
18:03  06 july  2018 Source:   autotrader.ca

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Ride along in a 1963 Corvette Sting Ray split - window coupe and learn everything you never knew about this innovative design. The ( 1963 -67) Sting Ray has

Our Find of the Week this week is a classic sports car. One that really split opinions inside the company that made it. It's a one-year-only Chevrolet Corvette. The split rear window that looks so good but only lasted a single year.

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Look at my little ray of sunshine. Our split window Corvette is cleaned up and ready for a full day of fun. There is very little information on the Internet about how to install a 1963 Corvette windshield. This has been an interesting couple of weeks . I did a lot of research on installing the rear windows

In 1963, the second generation of the Corvette arrived. It pioneered a number of Corvette features that stuck around for generations, and a few that Chevrolet still uses today. This was the first Corvette coupe. It was the first with pop-up headlights, a feature that lived until the sixth-generation car. It was also the first to use the Sting Ray name.

The fastback design looked straight out of the future in 1963. The pop-up headlights were the first on an American car since 1942, mounted in rotating pods. The coupe doors cut into the roof, allowing easier access and that low roofline. The fastback design would later inspire the 1971 Buick Riviera's classic boattail.

And then there was that split rear window. GM designer Bill Mitchell was known for a fascination with marine life. The stingray, mako shark, and manta rays - all names GM would use on production cars or prototypes - were his inspiration. The 1963 Corvette's styling echoed those, and the split window was part of the car's spine. The line runs from bumper to bumper over the roof of the car and the split window helps tie that fish resemblance together.

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For many Corvette enthusiasts, the 1963 split - window model is the pinnacle of vintage ‘Vettes. Mitchell specifically had an interest with marine life: the stingray , mako shark, and manta ray – each was culminated from the aquatic predator theme that Mitchell originated.

This week on “Rare Finds ,” we’ve hit the jackpot of American muscle cars! We spotted this 1963 Corvette Split - Window Coupe, one of the Interestingly, only 278 ’63 Sting Ray examples ever left St. Louis equipped with the air conditioning option, and the car we’ve found is one of those 278.

But this was an instance when style trumped function. That big metal strip cut into rear visibility, generating complaints. It also made the car more expensive to make, needing two windows, more weather stripping, and more labour to install. And the other big name on the Corvette team, engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov, didn't like it. So the two-piece rear window lasted just one year: 1963. It made those second-generation Corvettes very rare, but it also made them some of the best looking of all.

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When the Sting Ray was launched in 1963 , the distinction between road and race cars was growing. Braking was provided by 11-inch drums which were replaced in 1965 with discs. See full 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray ‘ Split Window ’ Gallery.

Beyond its memorable split rear window , the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray is also noted for its independent rear suspension. The changes to the chassis transformed the way the Corvette handled, and earned it high praise in the April 1963 edition of Car And Driver magazine

The new Corvette was more than just looks, though. It had a new chassis, with a shorter wheelbase and faster steering. The rear suspension was independent with a transverse leaf spring. A system Chevrolet still uses on the current Corvette.

Our Find of the Week is a fully restored 1963 Sting Ray coupe. It was purchased in the US in the early 2000s, but didn't quite match the original description when it arrived. Plus it was red instead of the factory silver. So the current owner had it completely restored. The list of what has been covered in the restoration is almost as long as the parts list for the car.

It started with the fibreglass body, which has been removed from the frame, repaired, and repainted in Sebring Silver. The frame and chassis parts were sandblasted and painted. The seller said that the shop that did the paintwork has done show car paint jobs for GM.

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The bumpers were re-chromed, the badges were replaced, the exterior trim was polished. New door handles, hood grilles, and light bezels complete the refreshed look.

Chevrolet offered four 5.4L V8s that year, with power levels up to 360 hp. This one is the original for the car and made 300 hp from the factory. But it's seen some upgrades since then. Like 10.8:1 compression ratio pistons, and ported and flow-tested cylinder heads with larger valves. Plus a new Comp Cams hydraulic camshaft. All sitting under the factory aluminum intake and rebuilt carburettor. Along with some ignition upgrades and a more free-flowing exhaust, the seller says it has been dyno tested to produce 391 hp and 403 lb-ft of torque.

The transmission is a Muncie four-speed manual. It's been taken apart and rebuilt, with a new clutch installed. The rear limited-slip differential has been rebuilt and fitted with a 3.90 rear gear for quicker acceleration.

Getting the car stopped are new rear drums, and a big front upgrade. All '63s came with drum brakes at all four corners. This car has been fitted with power front discs, making sure it can stop. And more importantly, keep stopping if things are getting warm.

Underneath, this car has gotten an updates street and slalom suspension package that adds modern shocks, front and rear sway bars, a lighter composite rear spring, stiffer springs, and modern bushings. All things that should firm up the chassis considerably from its 1963 origins.

Inside, it has an original gauge cluster and factory dash. the headliner is leather, and the seats have gotten new foam and leather that matches the original factory vinyl look but in much nicer materials.

Summer has just arrived in Moncton, NB, where this car is for sale. But there's still plenty of time for cruising. And hauling, in this 400 hp Corvette.

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