Top 10 Chevys of All Time #7
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray
Arguably the greatest and unquestionably one of the most desirable models of all time, the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray was a rolling revelation in style and technology that has influenced the look and feel of every successive generation. The first of the "C2" incarnation that ran from 1963-67, this fiberglass-bodied two-seater was based on the XP-720 show car created by GM's design boss, Bill Mitchell. It boasted dramatic exterior lines - particularly those of the now super-collectable "split-window" coupes - and a new dual-cowl dash treatment that helped define the car visually along with a major mechanical enhancement: an independent rear suspension system that further added to its already formidable performance potential. Both coupe and convertible models in that initial year were fitted with one of four 327 cubic inch V8s that made from 250 to 360 horsepower. However, racing enthusiasts could order the optional RPO Z06 "Special Performance Equipment" package with the 360-horse fuel-injected engine that brought stiffer suspension bits, finned aluminum brake drums and metallic linings, a posi-traction limited-slip differential, 36.5 gallon fuel tank and aluminum wheels with knockoff hubs.