The Chevrolet Corvette (C2)
is a sports car
produced by the Chevrolet
division of General Motors
for the 1963 through 1967 model years
. Virtually all-new, Sting Ray stunned the automotive world in 1963, blending world-class handling with unmistakable all-American style and performance. Bill Mitchell
revisited the Super Sport racer and would subsequently reinvent the Corvette with radical new styling, high performance, and a first-ever coupe
that would become an instant classic, setting sales records and remains one of the most coveted of collectors' cars. With a winning attitude on the track that would benefit from each successive engineering innovation, the car's competitive spirit would culminate with one of the best Corvette racers ever, the Grand Sport. The second generation Corvette would have a great five-year run that many regard as the high point of the car's history.
Origin and development
The 1963 Sting Ray production car's lineage can be traced to two separate GM projects: the Q-Corvette, and perhaps more directly, Mitchell's racing Stingray
. The Q-Corvette, initiated in 1957, envisioned a smaller, more advanced Corvette as a coupe-only model, boasting a rear transaxle
, independent rear suspension
, and four-wheel disc brakes
, with the rear brakes mounted inboard. Exterior styling was purposeful, with peaked fenders, a long nose, and a short, bobbed tail.Meanwhile, Zora......