The 1963 Corvette: A Year of Remarkable Styling Firsts

Posted by Neal Balog on 10/24/2013
Sleek is the word that is most of used to describe the 1963 Corvette. These models were lower, shorter and narrower than their predecessors. The hide-away headlights made their first appearance in this year, and 1963 was also the first year that the Signature Sting Ray appeared on the Corvette. The 1963 Corvette also featured many other significant firsts for the amazing model. 

The split rear window was another first for the Corvette and this feature was released, due to safety concerns, for only one year. The limited availability of the split window feature is one of the reasons that this particular model of Corvette is very valuable and highly collectible. 

The interior was another aspect of this model that was all new in ’63. Having its design modeled after airplane cockpits, the interior was both attractive and functional. Another first for this model was power seats and air conditioning, though air conditioning was only available in a very few models. One interior feature that carried over from the preceding model was the passenger “grab bar” which, when considering the performance of this car was just a necessity. 

The most significant first for the ‘63 Corvette was only visible from underneath the car. 1963 would be the year that Independent Rear Suspension made its appearance, up until that point most cars used a live rear axle. Because the wheels could now move independently, Independent Rear Suspension had a big advantage over a rear axle when it came to high performance handling. 

With the innovations in styling and ground-breaking engineering,1963 was truly an extraordinary year for the iconic Corvette.
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