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AJ's Car of the Day 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Coupe

Car: Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Coupe

Year: 1963

What makes it special:  Introducing a new name, "Sting Ray", the 1963 model was the first year for a Corvette Coupe and it featured a distinctive tapering rear deck with a split rear window. This feature was for 1963 only.

What made it famous: It's split rear window design was problematic from the get-go. Corvette chief engineer Zora Duntov never liked the split rear window because it blocked rear vision, though other engineers thought it to be a key part of the entire design. The 1963 Corvette Sting Ray also featured hidden headlamps, non-functional hood vents, and an independent rear suspension. Duntov got his way with the split rear window in 1964, and the Corvette Sting Ray changed to a full width window.

Why I would want one: It's the first year for independent rear suspension, it's a one-year only split-window design, it's the first year of the Sting Ray model name, and is wanted by collectors everywhere.

Fun fact: The 1963 Corvette's distinctive tapering rear deck feature design later reappeared on Buick's 1971 "Boattail" Riviera model.

( 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Coupe photo from cargurus.com )

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  1. DomLongIsland posted on 06/11/2014 11:00 AM
    Aside from 55 this is, my fav,....the split window. I had a really cool Hot Wheels of this car.
  2. DomLongIsland posted on 06/11/2014 11:01 AM
    Holy crap it is a 71 Riv!
  3. taniaw posted on 07/02/2014 09:27 PM
    Infatti, ha incontrato Rolex Replica il suo primo successo dopo adattato un motociclo di MX, che gli è valso il riconoscimento Replica Rolex della stampa specializzata internazionale e l'accesso ai campionati internazionali più famosi come il "AMD mondo campionato di Bike Building", per cui ha finito terzo nella categoria Harley nel 2010, o anche il "arte di ferro Master builders campionato.
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