The 1963 Chevy Corvette Sting Ray was a completely new design, both inside and out. Sharing design cues with the XP-755 Mako Shark concept car, the all-new Corvette featured a perimeter frame that replaced the first generation’s Safety Girder X-Frame, independent rear suspension with transverse leaf spring that replaced the Solid Axle, and for the first time both coupe and convertible body styles. Powertrain options were much as they had been for 1962, with 327 Small Blocks available in 250-, 300-, 340-, and 360-horsepower ratings. Transmission choices included the two-speed Powerglide automatic, or manual transmissions in either three or four-speed configurations.
The 1964 Chevy Corvette Sting Ray was subtly changed from the previous year’s radical reimagining. Gone were the dummy vents on the hood, although the recesses remain. The bar that split the rear window on the coupes was removed, resulting in some 1963 coupe owners taking out the bar and putting in the 1964’s single rear glass in order to make their coupes look like the new one. Coupes also benefitted from a new three-speed ventilation fan. Air was exhausted through the functional B-pillar vents. Seatbacks appeared similar to those from 1963, but were thicker than the previous year. Interior door handles were chrome finished. The natural finished cast aluminum knock-off wheels made it on to 806 Corvettes. Engine choices included 250-, 300-, 365-, and 375-horsepower versions of the 327 Small Block. A number of Corvette bodies were supplied by A.O. Smith Company from their Dow-Smith division in Ionia, Michigan.
Our feature 1964 Chevy Corvette is one of only 1,325 fuel-injected Sting Rays built for the model year. It has been the subject of a comprehensive body-off restoration, having been refinished in its factory hue of Riverside Red with a white convertible top over a red vinyl interior. It is powered by the numbers-matching L84 fuel-injected 327 producing 375 horsepower, backed by a four-speed manual transmission. Equipment includes and AM/FM radio, wood-rimmed steering wheel, a functioning factory clock, and factory Kelsey Hayes knock-off wheels shod in BFGoodrich Silvertown whitewalls. Included in the sale are the original owner’s manual, NCRS paperwork, NCRS Shipping Data Report, and magazine copy.
This 1964 Chevy Corvette fuelie convertible will cross the Mecum Auctions block at their Kansas City event taking place November 30th to December 2nd.