1963 Corvette Part Three
Designer Larry Shinoda was not a tall man, but he did accommodate them by supplying a cut out in the roof to make entry / exit easier for taller enthusiasts in the low slung Corvette.
The hood of all 1963 Corvettes had faux vent grills. The story is that originally they were functional but the hot air escaping from the engine found its way into the passenger area via fresh air venting in the cowl. The faux vent grills are a 1963 only feature.
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1963 saw the introduction of "Sting Ray" as a Corvette moniker. It would be retired for 1968 but resurrected for 1969 thru 1976 as "Stingray", and reappear for the 2014 C7 Corvette.
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Amazingly enough, the one thing that didn't change in 1963 was the engine selection, which was the same as 1962. The standard engine was a 327 cubic inch 250 horsepower unit. Also available were 300 horsepower (RPO L75; $53.80) and (above) 340 horsepower (RPO L76; $107.60) engines.
Below: The 327 cubic inch fuel injected mill (RPO L84; $430.40) continued as the top performer with 360 hp, well beyond the one hp / cubic inch milestone. The air cleaner and Plenum chamber (affectionately known as "the doghouse") was updated.
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