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C2 1963-1967 GENERAL DISCUSSION

C2: INTERESTING FACTS/TRIVIA
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C2 INTERESTING FACTS/TRIVIA

Luxury amenities such as power steering, air conditioning, and leather seats were first available in the 1963 Corvette.

The earliest serial number air conditioned Sting Ray has a production build date in October, about 6 months before the rest of the A/C cars. It seems the owner was a GM executive who had the car returned to Chevrolet for refitting with A/C.

The 1963 roof panel molds were built using wrong dimensions, such that all roof panels were too small. This left a gap seen in the door pillar above the door latch in all but a few cars. The ones where it is not found were cosmetically covered up with body filler.

The famous "split" rear window for the new Corvette almost never came to be. It seems that Bill Mitchell and Zora Arkus-Duntov argued over the design. Bill Mitchell won out for the 1963 Model, but it was removed for 1964 never to be seen again.

The 1963 Grand Sports, while originally looking much like the production coupes, had no body parts in common. The fiberglass body panels were roughly half the thickness of production panels to save weight.

The 1963 Grand Sports originally were released without fender flares, using the stock look. However, they were wider to allow a wider tire 8.25x15 rather than the stock 6.70x15 tire.

Aluminum knock off wheels only cost $322 for a set of 5 in 1964.

Only the driver's side vent on the 1964 Corvette is functional.

Side mounted exhaust systems first appeared in 1965.

The first major tire size change in Corvette history occurred in 1965. Tire size changed from 6.70x15 to 7.75x15

While the 427 was developed first, the 396 went into the Corvette, Chevrolet, and Chevelle in 1965 due to a GM policy restricting them to less than 400 cubic inches.

The 1965 396ci 425hp engine option lasted only one year.

1965 was the first year to have two separate hoods - the smooth small block hood and the big block hood with a "power bulge."

1966 marked the last year for knock off wheels but the first for shoulder harnesses and headrests.

The 1966 Corvette was not eligible for the SCCA Trans Am, due to the upper limit of 5.0 liter on engine displacement. Chevy's only eligible car was the Corvair.

Only 20 RPO L88 427 engines were opted for in 1967. To discourage street use, GM rated these engines at a conservative 430 hp (5 HP less than the L71 engine option) although they actually pumped out well in excess of 500 ponies.

1967 was the first year to have three hood styles: the small block hood, the big block hood, and the L-88 hood, even though externally the L-88 looked like the regular big block hood.

In late February/early March, 1967, some small blocks received the big block hood due to an manufacturing problem with the small block hood mold. These were not given the hood stripe.

The "GM Mark of Excellence" sticker appeared, placed on the inside driver's door jamb, appeared in 1967 only.

Federal law mandated the removal of spinners from wheels in 1967, so the knock off wheel of 1963-66 was replaced with a bolt on wheel.

1967 was the first year "vinyl" was offered as an optional exterior covering for the hardtop.

The '67 model was the first to have the "tank sticker", or the build sheet, attached to the gas tank.

A 36 gallon fuel tank, the largest ever offered, was available as an option in the Corvette from 1963 to 1967.

The speed warning indicator option lasted for only three production years... 1967, 1968 and 1969.

The '67 LeMans Racer was "DRIVEN" to the track from the airport (in place of being trailered) because the trailer was chuck full of parts!
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