Corvettes in the 60’sMarch 16, 2023
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The 1960s were a time of great change in the world, and the Chevrolet Corvette was no exception.
The 1963 Corvette received the long-awaited major update. The new design, known as the “Sting Ray”, was even more aggressive than the previous model, with an optional split rear window coupe body style; the first hardtop coupe Corvette. The car also featured a new independent rear suspension system, which improved handling and stability.
Over the next few years, the Corvette continued to evolve. For 1965, the Corvette received a new big-block V8 engine. The 396ci engine was rated at 425hp, making it the most powerful engine to that date in a Corvette. To handle this new power, and engine weight, disc brakes were added as standard. The car also received some minor cosmetic updates, including a new grille and side vents.
For 1966, the “Big Block” was increased again to 427ci and was first rated at 450hp. Soon after production started it was re-rated to 425hp.
For 1968, the Corvette received another major update. The new design, known as the “C3”, featured a longer, more streamlined body style, with a new front end and a more pronounced hood. The 427ci V8 engine producing up to 435 horsepower. This engine was paired with a four-speed manual transmission or an optional Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic.
Throughout the 1960s, the Corvette continued to be a popular sports car, known for its sleek design and powerful engines. Today, the 1960s Corvettes are highly sought after by collectors and car enthusiasts alike and are considered some of the most iconic cars of the era.
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