Jay Leno is the luckiest guy in the world—he’s one of the fortunate few who has enough funds to feed his automotive passions. His interests run the gamut, from American to foreign, performance to economy, stock to modified, familiar to obscure. A stock American performance car that’s familiar to all of you is the 1963 Corvette Stingray.
Jay and Corvette restorer Mike McCluskey got together to spend a few minutes going over the nuances of the 1963. Of course, it’s the first and only year for the split-window design, but there are a lot of other things about these cars that you may not be familiar with, such as the wheelcovers, mirrors, screws, and hood—many of them 1963-only items.
Jay’s Sebring Silver coupe is one of 2,610 Corvettes equipped with fuel injection, which put out 360 horsepower from 327 cubic inches. Compare that to the 409, which was available in 340-, 400-, and 425-horsepower versions—clearly the Fuelie was putting out more hp/cid than even the most powerful American motors of the time.
Among the most timeless of American designs, the 1963 Corvette Stingray is quite attainable considering over 20,000 were built. But for the quintessential version, Jay’s car is pretty close. Set aside a few moments and join Jay Leno’s Garage to see what Jay and Mike have to say.