1963 Corvette Sting Ray Coupe

By: Sean B. | 04/27/2012 < Back to Motor Life Home
Corvettes don't come cheap. The reason behind their legacy of lofty prices is their consistent embrace of the newest technology available in the automotive market. As one of the pioneers of fuel injection, the Corvette became one of the first ever production cars with horsepower that exceed cubic inches of engine displacement. 1963 Corvettes were the first of the C2 Second Generation Corvettes, and also the first year of the fastback coupe. The new design brought the first tapering rear deck, with a split rear window, only featured on the '63 model. In the front were hidden headlamps and decorative hood vents, giving the car a sleak appearance that would be carried on through its successors. The doors were cut into the roof, a design feature that made getting in and out much easier for such a low-to-the-ground sports car. Looks weren't the only thing that made the Sting Ray special. Independent rear suspension, ball-race steering and a shorter wheelbase improved the handling of the Corvette from previous models. An available electronic ignition system used breakerless magnetic pulse-triggered technology. Combine all of that with an optional Rochester fuel injected engine making 360 hp and you've got yourself quite the machine. In the performance industry, it's important to lead with new cutting edge engineering and technology. If you don't innovate, you could be left in the dust.
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