Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe

The second generation Corvette benefited from a fresh aerodynamic design by Bill Mitchell and Larry Shinoda, with the coupe version being immediately recognizable with its split rear window. Hide-away headlamps, vents and louvers, taut lines, and a muscular fender treatment provided clues to what lurked under the hood. All that power available in the three varieties of 327 CID engine offerings was harnessed and maneuvered on the back roads with Zora Arkus-Duntov’s redesigned chassis, notably benefiting for the first time from independent rear suspension. Commenting on their ’63 fuel-injected Corvette, Motor Trend’s editors remarked, “We thought the old model cornered darn well, but there’s no comparing it to this new one.” Simply put, the Corvette had matured tremendously and was capable of competing with, if not surpassing, Europe’s most formidable sports cars.

300 bhp, 327 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, independent rear suspension with transverse leaf spring, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 98 in.

Part of the RM Auctions event for John Staluppi in December, 2012. Part of the Mecum Auction in Kissimmee in January, 2013.

Source: RM Auctions; Mecum Auctions
Photo Credit: Teddy Pieper

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