Using a chassis from the canceled Corvette SS racing programme, GM Chief stylist Bill Mitchell and designer Larry Shinoda styled their own body, called it the Stingray, then campaigned it with their own money. It was to be the shape that defined the 1963 second-generation Corvette, right down to the split rear window which Mitchell fought hard to keep. The Sting Ray came in both hardtop or open top form, and was the first Corvette to use fully independent suspension which dramatically improved the handling, allowing it to compete with the Jaguar XKE race cars. The rear used a single transverse leaf spring which ran either side of the differential, which itself could be ordered with anything from 3.08:1 to 4.56:1 gearing. The base engine was the 327ci (5.3-liter), but potential racers could order the 'Fuelie' fuel injected 360bhp (268kW) with four-speed manual and Posi rear.
Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray (1963) Specifications
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