It’s a special order ultra high performance Corvette that was equipped with the 427 cubic inch L88 full competition engine and its trademark L88 hood, a heavy duty M22 four speed transmission, J56 heavy duty disc brake calipers, J50 power brakes, F41 heavy duty suspension, K66 transistor ignition, and C48 heater delete (1967). Corvettes also received an emblem in the corner of the hood for 1966. The second street 427, with many competition features, it’s documented in detail on pages 523/524 of the World Registry of Cobras and GT40s 4th ed. Power steering was previously only available with the lower 250 hp and 300 hp engines. The 1966 Corvette was not eligible for the SCCA Trans Am, due to the upper limit of 5.0 liter on engine displacement. My 1965 was a big block convertible, although it was not an all original car, and the 1969 was a real L71 optioned 435hp coupe that I sold to Corvette restorer Kevin Mackay.”, “Last year I decided to start looking for another C2 big block Corvette. “I have owned a number of Corvettes and many other fun cars in my life,” shared Kai. Many car manufacturers invest substantial resources in an effort to build some of the fastest cars in the world. The convertible's optional hardtop was offered with a black vinyl cover, which was a fad among all cars at the time. [13] Equipment installations for 1963 began reflecting the market's demand for more civility in sporting cars. Changes were again modest: Five smaller front fender vents replaced the three larger ones, and flat-finish rockers sans ribbing conferred a lower, less chunky appearance. This happened for two reasons; to placate nervous insurance companies, and to allow the cars to qualify for lower NHRA brackets based on horsepower and weight. [14][13] A side exhaust system appeared as an option as did a telescopic steering wheel. Trust Corvette Mike for all of your Corvette sales and service needs. We provide belts, cables and other engine bay parts that enable you to restore your 1968-1982 Corvette's engine with ease. Road & Track tested the 300-bhp Powerglide automatic setup in a 1964 coupe and recorded a 0–60 mph time of 8.0 seconds, a quarter-mile in 15.2 seconds at 85 mph, and average fuel consumption of 14.8 mpg. Specific options I love are the side pipes, 4-speed manual transmission, 427 cubic inch / 425hp engine, and the knock off wheels. They are among the most coveted and valuable Corvettes ever built, not because of what they accomplished, but because of what might have been. The resulting extra weight was balanced by a reduction in fiberglass thickness, so the finished product actually weighed a bit less than the old roadster. Faux vents were located in the hood and on the coupe's rear pillars; functional ones had been intended but were cancelled due to cost considerations. [16][18], New for the 1963 model year was an optional electronic ignition, the breakerless magnetic pulse-triggered Delcotronic, first offered by Pontiac on some 1963 models.[19]. The previous models' wheel covers gave way to slotted six-inch Rally wheels with chrome beauty rings and lug nuts concealed behind chrome caps. Although transmission options remained ostensibly the same for 1964, the two Borg-Warner T-10 four-speeds gave way to a similar pair of gearboxes built at GM's Muncie, Indiana, transmission facility. General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant Manager Kai Spande not only works on the Corvette brand, he’s also a long-time enthusiast. The frame was slightly stiffer than the 1963 Corvette production frame and was 94 lb (43 kg) lighter. These car makers’ sophisticated […] Rear window of coupe changed to single pane; hood louvers deleted. Corvette Mike sells quality used Corvettes and other classic cars. Thus, the 1963 Corvette was technically the first Corvette that could be designated as "Z06." The power, noise, and nostalgia are spectacular with this car. ... was celebrated as the SECOND MOST INFLUENTIAL automotive blog in the world by NFC Performance. Performance of the Corvette’s new 300 HP 5.7 liter V8 engine is so impressive that it’s given the legendary LT1 designation. [31], The cars were driven by famed contemporary race drivers such as Roger Penske, A. J. Foyt, Jim Hall, and Dick Guldstrand among others. [38], The 1963 Corvette Rondine (Ron-di-nay, Italian for Swallow) is a concept car based on a 1963 C2 chassis that was built for the 1963 Paris Auto Show. [15] They were destined to compete in a different sort of race for sports cars, a NASCAR sanctioned event on the famous Daytona Oval, the Daytona 250 – American Challenge Cup. Classifieds for 1966 Chevrolet Corvette. Though not as obvious as the car's radical styling, the new chassis was just as important to the Sting Ray's success. Both body styles were extensively evaluated as production-ready 3/8-scale models at the Caltech wind tunnel. Drivetrain choices remained basically as before but the high-performance pair received several noteworthy improvements. The chassis was modified extensively and an experimental 427 cu in (7,000 cc) engine installed. The Regular Production Option (RPO) was a GM internal ordering code designation. More listings are added daily. Powell, Ohio: Michael Bruce Associates, Inc., 1999. The drum brakes remained available, however, as a $64.50 credit option, but only 316 of the 23,562 Corvettes built that year came with drums. © 2021 National Corvette Museum. Clearly this was not an engine for the casual motorist. Coupe volume dropped to 8304 units, but convertible sales more than compensated, rising to 13,925.[14][13]. At the time, this car was simply off the charts with technology and unparalleled performance, just like the 2020 Stingray. This year is most notable for the introduction of the coveted 427-cu-in big-block V-8, available in either (L36) 390 or (L72) 425 horsepower with an impressive 460 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, Chevrolet readied its third-generation Corvette for the 1968 model year.[14][27]. [39][40] It was sold at Barrett-Jackson 2008 for 1.6 million dollars. On the other hand, only 278 buyers specified the $421.80 air conditioning; leather upholstery – a mere $80.70 – was ordered on only 1,114 cars. This meant the cars needed to be prepared to a different set of rules, the same as those for the big Grand National stock cars. Four-wheel disc brakes were also introduced in 1965. Box 111 Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey 07716 732-291-7668 Dues: $35/year • Membership: 2,100 For the 1966 Corvette, the big-block V8 came in two forms: 390 hp (290 kW) on 10.25:1 compression, and 425 bhp via 11:1 compression, larger intake valves, a bigger Holley four-barrel carburetor on an aluminum manifold, mechanical lifters, and four- instead of two-hole main bearing caps. Models with these engines also came with a special bubble hood to accomodate the "Big Block". Previously, the optional racing parts were literally hidden in the order form so that only the most knowledgeable and perceptive customers could find them. One of the six 1963 Z06 Sting Ray's was built late in 1962 to race at Riverside on 13 October 1962. A more efficient alternator replaced the old-fashioned generator. While Duntov was developing an innovative new chassis for the 1963 Corvette, designers were adapting and refining the basic look of the racing Sting Ray for the production model. It was purchased for $4.2 million in 2002. Body panels were made of thinner fiberglass to reduce weight and the inner body structure 'birdcage' was aluminum rather than steel. With factory exhaust manifolds, required to run the cars in the SCCA production classes, Chevrolet rated the engine at 360 hp (268 kW). The solid-lifter unit was driven with a high-lift, long-duration camshaft to produce 365 hp (272 kW) and breathed through a big four-barrel Holley carburetor instead of the base engine's Carter unit. The closed Corvette did not outsell the open one until 1969, by which time the coupe came with a T-top featuring removable roof panels. Less weight on the front wheels also meant easier steering, and with some 80 additional pounds on the rear wheels, the Sting Ray offered improved traction. [35], Chassis #004 is part of the Miles Collier Collection on display at The Revs Institute in Naples, Florida. Only 20 RPO L88 427 engines were opted for in 1967. Enter Search Text Search Text. The C2 was designed by Larry Shinoda (Pete Brock was also instrumental on the C2) under the direction of GM chief stylist Bill Mitchell. [16] The car was lightened in every way possible and weighed just over 2,800 lb (1,300 kg). Its first purchaser was a Minnesota buyer whose name remains unknown. The Sting Ray was lauded in the automotive press almost unanimously for its handling, road adhesion, and sheer power. Though it had no more horsepower than the previous high-compression 396, the 427-cubic-inch (6,993 cc), 425 hp (317 kW) V8 packed a lot more torque – 460 lb⋅ft (624 N⋅m) vs. 415 lb⋅ft (563 N⋅m). The Z06 option cost an additional $1,818.45 over the base coupe price of $4,252. The 1966 model's frontal appearance was mildly altered with an eggcrate grille insert to replace the previous horizontal bars, and the coupe lost its roof-mounted extractor vents, which had proven inefficient. Fiberglass outer panels were retained, but the Sting Ray emerged with nearly twice as much steel support in its central structure as the 1958–62 Corvette. All five cars have survived and are in private collections. The last was quite rare in production, however.[8]. Dick Thompson was the first driver to win a race in the Grand Sport. In the 1960s engine outputs were at times deliberately understated. Duntov disliked the split rear window (which also raised safety concerns due to reduced visibility)[12] and it was discontinued in 1964, as were the fake hood vents. The transverse spring was bolted to the rear of the differential case. [24] SAE Net Horsepower is measured with all accessories, air filters and factory exhaust system in place; this is the standard that all US automobile engines have been rated at since 1972. Ultimately, this spelled the end for the Rochester fuel injection system, as the carbureted 396ci/425hp option cost $292.70 to the fuel injected 327ci/375hp's $538.00. The half-shafts functioned like upper control arms. [41], This article is about the second generation Chevrolet Corvette (C2). 1992. The smaller oil pan allowed this high output small block 350hp engine to be ordered with optional Power Steering for the first time amongst the optional stable of higher output small block engines. For 1964 Chevrolet made only evolutionary changes to the Corvette. Both required premium fuel on compression ratios well over 10.0:1, and they didn't have the rocket-like thrust of the 427s, but their performance was impressive all the same. Front anti-roll bar with a 20% larger diameter, Power-assisted Al-Fin drums cooled by front air scoops and vented backing plates, Larger diameter shocks and springs — nearly twice as stiff as those on the standard Corvette. Per pending federal regulation, there was also a dual master cylinder with separate fluid reservoirs (only on models with power brakes for 1965)[22] for the front and rear lines. When GM management eventually withdrew their support of the ban, Duntov and his colleagues created "RPO Z06" as a special performance equipment package for the Corvette. Shock absorbers were conventional twin-tube units. A full set of round gauges included a huge speedometer and tachometer. Drivetrains were carried over from the previous generation, comprising four 327 cu in (5,360 cc) small block V8s, three transmissions, and six axle ratios. Motor Trend timed a 1964 fuel-injected four-speed coupe with the 4.11:1 rear axle, aluminum knock-off wheels (perfected at last and available from the factory), the sintered-metallic brakes, and Positraction through the quarter-mile in 14.2 seconds at 100 mph and the 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. Antonick, Mike. A number of other lightweight components were utilized to reduce overall weight to about 800 pounds less than the production coupe. We are constantly expanding our selection and service to better serve you, our customer. Five-louver fenders are unique; Big-Block hood bulge redesigned as a scoop; parking brake changed from pull-out under dash handle to lever mounted in center console; Solid lifter L88 427/430 would become most sought-after Corvette ever; only 20 were produced. For the 1963 model year, 21,513 units would be built, which was up 50 percent from the record-setting 1962 version. [23] Estimates of up to 450 hp (336 kW) for the 427 have been suggested as being closer to the truth. [37], The Corvette Grand Sports were raced with several different engines, but the most serious factory engine actually used was a 377 cubic inch displacement, all-aluminum, small block with four Weber side-draft carburetors and a cross-ram intake, rated 550 hp (410 kW) at 6400 rpm. For the first time in the Corvette's history, wind tunnel testing influenced the final shape, as did practical matters like interior space, windshield curvatures, and tooling limitations. The XP-720 sought to deliver improved passenger accommodation, more luggage space, and superior ride and handling over previous Corvettes. These Corvettes came to be known as the "Big Tanks" because the package initially had a 36.5-US-gallon (138 l; 30.4 imp gal) gas tank versus the standard 20-gallon for races such as Sebring and Daytona. By the fall of 1959, elements of the Q-Corvette and the Sting Ray Special racer would be incorporated into experimental project XP-720, which was the design program that led directly to the production 1963 Corvette Sting Ray. Total swept area for the new system was 461 sq in (2,970 cm2), a notable advance on the 328 sq in (2,120 cm2) of the previous all-drum system. Exterior styling was purposeful, with peaked fenders, a long nose, and a short, bobbed tail. This chassis was used in the Rolex Monterrey Motorsport Reunion in 2013. Sintered-metallic linings, segmented for cooling, were again optional. Both the big blocks were originally marketed as bigger displacement engines. At Willcox Corvette, we strive for the highest standards and quality when it comes to our products. Also on display are a replica body and a spare 377 cubic inch engine, which were commissioned by the car's previous owner, Jim Jaeger, for participation in vintage racing without damaging the original components. New coupe bodystyle introduced (only year for split rear window), coupe more expensive than convertible. [36], Chassis #005 is in the private collection of Bill Tower of Plant City, Florida. He would dub the Corvette’s second generation "Sting Ray" after the earlier race car of the same name. Sales of the 1964 Sting Ray reached 22,229 -— another new Corvette record, if up only a little from banner-year 1963. The One-Millionth Corvette – a white convertible with red interior, matching the first Corvettes of 1953 – rolls off the Bowling Green assembly line on July 2. It was bought in 2004 for an undisclosed sum. At first, the package was only available on coupes because the oversized tank would not fit in the convertible. In fact, 1966 would prove another record-busting year, with volume rising to 27,720 units, up some 4,200 over 1965s sales.[14][25]. A similar design would be used by the third-generation Buick Riviera that ran from 1971 to 1973. The vehicle's inner structure received as much attention as the aerodynamics of its exterior. 1965 also added another 350 hp small block engine (Option L79) which used hydraulic rather than solid lifters, a milder camshaft and a modestly redesigned smaller oil pan. It would be 18 years until it returned. What to Pay 1966 427/425hp Chevrolet Biscayne Low - $30,000 Average - $55,000 High - $100,000 Club Scene National Impala Association P.O. Motor Trend tested a four-speed fuel injected version with 3.70:1 axle. This page was last edited on 31 January 2021, at 03:39. 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