By the early 1960s, the Corvette had triumphed over the Thunderbird and was now firmly America’s sports activities automobile for the second-gen’s arrival as a 1963 model. Car guys, pilots and engineers throughout America had taken the light-weight-massive engine method to coronary heart with their prized first-gen Corvettes, however now they wished extra efficiency by each measurement. Far more pace, specifically.
Chevrolet Corvette C2
Chevrolet had comparable concepts when brainstorming methods to interchange the C1 as far back as 1957. The Q-Corvette concept was a working idea of a smaller, lighter and nimbler Corvette than ever earlier than. 4-wheel discs have been to be commonplace, and the car was may maintain its personal on a racetrack proper off the showroom ground.
Over the C2’s comparatively brief time — until 1967 — this Corvette grew to become the quickest manufacturing unit machine ever within the quarter-mile with the 11.02 second time recorded by the 1967 Corvette L88 Sting Ray Convertible .
Chevrolet Corvette C2 Exterior
The dream manufacturing unit inside Harley Earl’s Normal Motors was flying excessive throughout this time interval. The refresh of the `Vette for 1958 was an enormous hit, and the corporate might barely meet demand for it.
Harley Earl’s designs have been frequently up to date to suit Zora Arkus-Duntov’s newest suspension structure or engine place. So the Q-Corvette grew to become the Grand Sport idea, which led to the 1963 styling.
Chevrolet Corvette C2 Interior
That is typically regarded as probably the most exaggerated options for the new Corvettes of 1963. Despite the C2 badge, a heavy revamp in 1958 had already lavishly embellished the original coloration-matched dashboard and rear bulkhead nearly advert to its breaking level.
The usual coupe body style of the Corvette C2 additionally required far more of a rethink to packaging the inside, together with an open cargo maintain for the primary time behind the entrance seats.
As fairly a distinct sort of automobile versus the usual metal our bodies elsewhere within the Chevy lineup, the formed cowls and big single-piece dashboard taught the workforce some classes later utilized inside its mainstream vehicles. The plastics have been wild, with shapes that had been pure fantasy materials. Darkish bucket seats from this instance and a skinny middle stack emphasised efficiency over cruising to some tunes.
Chevrolet Corvette C2 Drivetrain
These two examples are a few of the quickest C2’s ever made. The 427/425 Sting Ray coupes of 1967 introduced a 430-horsepower, huge-block V-8 engine and 4-wheel disc brakes to sluggish issues down once more.
The pace was accompanied and amplified by the large engine rumble from up entrance and the facet pipes. Even so, the Corvette was top-of-the-line-dealing with vehicles on the street within the 1960s.
The Corvette Sting Ray C2 retailed for about $4,300 as a convertible when new, and about $4,400 for a coupe.
This lovely authentic huge-block Corvette Sting Ray 427/425 Coupe bought on April 27th, 2013 by RM Auctions for $151,000.