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         A Little History of the C2 Corvette


The second generation, or mid-year, was designed by Larry Shinoda with major inspiration from a previous unproduced design called the "Q Corvette" by Peter Brock and Chuck Pohlmann, and under the styling direction of Bill Mitchell, started in 1963 and ended in 1967. Introducing a new name, Corvette Sting Ray, the 1963 model year Corvette was the first year for a coupe with its distinctive split rear window and non-functioning hood vents as well as an independent rear suspension. The split rear window was never liked by Duntov because it blocked rear vision. Bill Mitchell said if you eliminate the spline you might as well forget the whole design. Duntov got his way in the 1964 model & the split window was discontinued due to safety concerns. The hood vents were eliminated because they never worked as intended, they put the hot radiator air on the windshield if opened up. Power for 1963 was at 360 hp (268 kW) hitting 375 hp (280 kW) in 1964.

Four-wheel disc brakes were introduced in 1965, as was a "big block" engine option (the 396 CID (6.5 L) V8). Side exhaust pipes became optional on the 1965 Sting Ray and persisted through 1967, then again for 1969. Chevrolet would up the ante in 1966 with the introduction of an even larger 427 CID (7 L) version, creating what would be one of the most collectible Corvettes ever. In 1967 an L-88 version of the 427 was introduced, which was rated at 430 hp (321 kW), but unofficial estimates place the actual output at 560 hp (418 kW) or more.[14] Only twenty such engines were installed at the factory in the 1967 Corvette, and the cars can fetch US$1,000,000 or more in auction today. From 1967 to 1969, the 1282 cu ft/min Holley triple two-barrel carburetor, or Tri-Power, was available on the 427. The 1967 Corvette originally was going to be the first of the C3 generation; however, due to delays the C3 had to be put off until 1968. This was also the first year to introduce the L-88 motor option with about 550 bhp (410 kW). Other early options available on the C2 included an AM-FM radio (mid 1963), air conditioning (1963), a telescopic steering wheel (1965) and headrests, presumably to prevent whiplash (1966).

1965 327/375 hp (5.4 L/280 kW) Fuel Injected Corvette Sting Ray Roadster.
The 1965 introduction of the 425 hp 396 CID big block was ultimately the harbinger of doom for the Rochester fuel injection system. The 396 CID option cost $292.70 while the fuel injected 327 CID engine cost $538.00. Few people could justify spending $245 more for 50 hp (37 kW) less. When only 771 fuel-injected cars were built in 1965, Chevrolet stopped the program.

In 2004, Sports Car International named the Sting Ray number five on the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s.

The design of this generation had several inspirations. The first was the contemporary Jaguar E-Type, one of which Mitchell owned and enjoyed driving frequently. Bill Mitchell also sponsored a car known as the "Mitchell Sting Ray" in 1959, because Chevrolet no longer participated in factory racing. This vehicle had the largest impact on the styling of this generation, although it had no top and did not give away what the coupe would look like. The third inspiration was a mako shark that Mitchell had caught while deep-sea fishing.

In 1961 the Corvette finally sold over 10,000 vehicles per year, hitting a number of 10,947 in that production year.

In 1962 Corvette chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov came up with a lightweight version of the C2. Concerned about Ford and what they were doing with the Shelby Cobra, GM planned 100 Grand Sport Corvettes. The plans never came about and only five were built. They were driven by historic drivers such as Roger Penske, A. J. Foyt, Jim Hall, and Dick Guldstrand among others. Today the cars 001-005 are all held by private owners. They are among the most coveted and valuable Corvettes ever built.

The popular Z06 performance package on the C5 and C6 model Corvettes is named after a Z06 performance option dating back to the 1963 model year.


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1977-82 Corvette Power Brake Booster 100 % Correct GM # 18003676, 18005064, 18006555
Price: $206.99
1977-82 Corvette Power Brake Booster 100 % Correct GM # 18003676, 18005064,  18006555
1977-82 Corvette boosters have the correct yellow zinc plating, rivets, mounting studs, actuating pin with proper markings, yellow vacuum fitting with proper markings, brake pedal clevis with clevis pin and retainer, & Correct Rubber dust boot.
Corvette 1963-82 Total Suspension Front/Rear Polyurethane Rebuild Bushing Kit
Price: $298.08
Corvette 1963-82 Total Suspension Front/Rear Polyurethane Rebuild Bushing Kit
Our Total Complete Polyurethane Kit has all bushings for rebuilding the front and rear suspension of your Corvette.
Corvette 1968-82 Front Sway Bar Diameter 3/4"= .750" Bushing Rubber. 2 pc Kit
Price: $26.64
Corvette 1968-82  Front Sway Bar Diameter  3/4"= .750"  Bushing Rubber. 2 pc Kit
Corvette 1968-82 Front Sway Bar Diameter 3/4"= .750" Bushing Rubber. This is for 2 Bushings
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