1964 Corvette Stingray Photos and Specs

The Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray was first introduced as the second generation Corvettes came out and they have been produced ever since. This article features the 1964 Corvette Stingray which was a second generation model. Second generation Chevrolet Corvettes were produced from 1963 through 1967. The Stingray was originally spelled as two words and later as one word.

1964 corvette singray

1964 Corvette Stingray

The Chevrolet Corvette was rushed into production in late 1953 just months after it's introduction as a concept car at the New York Auto Show. This demonstrates just how well the new design was accepted in New York. Of course many design changes were made since the car’s inception in 1953.  As a result of the rushed production there were a lot of things that would be added and tweaked in the future models to come.

The 1964 Corvette Stingray

Performance and style is what the Chevy Corvette has always stood for. The unique all  fiberglass body came with big flared fenders and stylish vent grilles, two traits that many classic Corvettes are known for.

1964 chevy stingray

1964 Chevy Corvette with new fastback design

The first Sting Ray in 1963 was a considerable change from the previous C1 or first generation Corvette. It was a fastback car with clean lines and distinctive “60′s” styling. Much different from the 1962 model. The production 1963 Corvette Sting Ray which was the first of the second generation models was designed by Larry Shinoda with styling direction from Bill Mitchell.

The second generation Corvettes of which the Sting Ray came out in was a bit smaller overall compared to first generation models. Another design change with the Sting Ray was it's tapering rear deck, a significant change. Another change in 1964 was the elimination of the decorative hood vents. Another significant change for the 1964 model year was the elimination of the split rear window in favor of a full width window. This of course makes the 1963 model with those split windows rarer and generally more valuable. Many customers felt that the elimination of the split window helped with rear visibility.

The 1963 car produced 360 horsepower, upped to 375 hp in 1964. 1964 also saw the addition of two new Muncie 4-speed transmissions . Also, in 1964 the seat backs were more square and thicker at the top.

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1964 Chevy Stingray front end view

Total 1964 Chevrolet Corvette production was 22,229 vehicles. Out of this figure 13,925 were convertible models and 8,304 were coupes.

Zora Arkus-Duntov / Father of the Corvette

Zora Arkus-Duntov is many times referred to as the Father of the Corvette. He was both a race car driver and a talented engineer. Zora Arkus-Duntov was born in Belgium, grew up in Leningrad and received his education in Berlin.

Zora Arkus-Duntov joined General Motors in 1953 and changed the Corvette over the years with tweaks, alterations and design changes into one of the most popular sports cars in the world. He had a very good vision of what an American sports car should be.

The Corvette, at least in its early years, became the product of Duntov's singular vision, not of a committee or a focus group. This immigrant who went through Ellis Island like so many before him not only experienced the American Dream but helped to invent it by immortalizing one of the foremost expressions of fun and freedom, the Chevrolet Corvette. Zora Arkus-Duntov died in 1996.

1964 stingray

64 Stingray rear view

1964 Corvette Stingray Specifications

As mentioned above, engine power was increased from 1963 to 375 horsepower. Engine options in 1964 included the 327 cubic inch with a fuel injector that delivered 375 horsepower as mentioned above plus a 327 cubic inch with 300 horsepower and a 327 with 365 horsepower. Motor Trend magazine claimed that the 375 horsepower Vette could do zero-60 MPH in 5.6 seconds and the quarter mile in 14.2 seconds.

Transmissions available included a three speed manual, a four speed manual and a Powerglide automatic.

Suspension was independent front and rear with a Positraction rear axle.

Brakes were power as was the steering.

1964 Corvette Stingray dimensions include a wheelbase of 98.0 inches and an overall length of 175.1 inches. The width is 69.6 inches and the height 49,8 inches on the coupe. Curb weight is 3,125 lbs.

Seven exterior colors and four interior colors were available

The new car price for the coupe was $4,250 and for the convertible $4,035.

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An excellent book for those wishing to explore the career of Zora Arkus-Duntov and the Chevrolet Corvette is...Zora Arkus-Duntov -The Legend Behind Corvette (Chevrolet) by author Jerry Burton.

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1964 Corvette interior and dashboard

1964 Corvette Stingray Collector Values

The second generation Chevy Corvettes are all popular collector cars. The 1963 models with the split rear windows are more rare and tend to, in general, have higher values attached to them.

1964 Corvettes in restored condition, as of this writing, are found generally in the $40,000 to $60,000 range. We have also seen 1964 fuel injected restorations approaching asking prices near $100,000. Asking prices will be influenced by the degree of restoration, body on or off, originality and convertible compared to coupe.

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A Stunning 1954 Chevy Corvette

When the 1954 Chevrolet Corvette made it's debut, many thought that this was America's first sports car. The fiberglass bodied Chevy Corvette was a different kind of car and eye catching at that. Earlier in the 1950's there were two other automobiles introduced that also were American sports cars although none would last and certainly not attain the iconic place in history that the Chevy Corvette earned.

original 1954 chevy corvette

The 1954 Chevrolet Corvette featured in this article is an original. It is one of only 300 painted in Pennant Blue with a Beige interior. The Corvette has no roll up windows or outside door handles.

Two Early 1950's Sports Cars

One of those two were the Kaiser-Darrin. This car was actually the America's first fiberglass car and one that hit the market about a month before the Corvette. The car was designed by famed designer Howard Darrin and built by Kaiser Motors. Four hundred and fifty were produced but the brand faltered shortly after as part of Kaiser's financial problems.

The other American sports car was the Nash-Healy which was produced between 1951 and 1954. While the two seater was built in the England,the Nash-Kalvinator Corporation handled sales and marketing. The car had a Nash drivetrain but a European chassis. The name Healey refers to British automaker Donald Healey who collaborated with Nash to bring the car to market. The Nash-Healey car came to an end in America during AMC's acquisition of Nash in 1954.

1954 Chevy corvette interior

1954 Chevy Corvette interior and dash

The 1954 Chevy Corvette Changes the Playing Field

As many know, the success of the 1954 Chevrolet Corvette was dubious at best. The Corvette actually started being produced in June of 1953 (only 300 1953 Corvettes were built and all were convertibles) after the car's rave reviews at the GM Motorama in New York City that January. This was quite a milestone in as much as here was a unique two seater being built and sold by America's largest automaker. It would also be the catalyst for Ford Motor to come out with their Thunderbird.

This new fiberglass designed Corvette show car caught the eye of automotive reporters as well as the public. GM knew they came across with a car with unlimited potential. Production was rushed and the car was in production a mere six months later.

Beginning in June 1953 and straight through the 1954 model year General Motors built a snazzy two seat sports car and put a six cylinder engine under the hood and an automatic transmission under the body.

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54 Chevy Corvette "rocketship" taillights

Fixing the Problem

GM management projected sales of 10,000 1954 Corvettes and only 3,000 were actually sold. There was more than one manager calling for it's cancellation. The real problem is that the Corvette came out about a year too early. The small block V-8 wasn't ready for this model year and in it's place was a 235 cubic inch Blue Flame six. The only available transmission for the 1954 Corvette was a two speed Powerglide automatic. The result was that you had a stylish low center of gravity sports car with an engine and trans better suited to a sedan. While carburetor adjustments would allow the 235 six to put out more horsepower than the standard 235, it wasn't enough.

After lackluster 1954 model year sales GM management came to the conclusion that "power" was the problem. There's an old saying that if a car is designed to look fast it needs to be fast. Beginning with the 1955 Chevy Corvette that problem would be solved.

1954 Chevrolet Corvette Styling

The Chevrolet Corvette has been referred to as Harley Earl's dream car. Earl was design chief at GM. Body construction was all fiberglass and the low center of gravity for this two seater made for great handling. The Corvette had a toothy grille, twin pod rear fenders and "rocketship" taillights.

1954 Chevy corvette headlamp

54 Chevrolet Corvette headlamp

1954 Chevrolet Corvette Specifications

As mentioned above, the first Chevy Corvettes (both 1953 and 1954) came with a 235 cubic inch Inline six. Chevy juiced up the horsepower a bit with three carburetors. This allowed for 150 horsepower. When the V-8 was added in 1955 only about a dozen sixes were built that year. Everyone wanted the eights.

The transmission offered was a simple two speed Powerglide automatic. A three speed manual transmission was finally offered late in the 1955 model year.

This first generation Corvette brakes featured four wheel hydraulic drums. Front suspension were independent coil springs with upper and lower A arms. Rear suspension was live axle with semi elliptic leaf springs.

chevy corvette 235 cubic inch inline six

1954 Chevy Corvette 235 cubic inch inline six

The 1954 Chevrolet Corvette wheelbase was 102.0 inches. The length was 167.0 inches and the width 72.2 inches. Overall height was 51.3 inches. The Corvette's weight came in at about 2,675 lbs.

The 1954 Chevy Corvette sold new in a range from about $2,800 to $3,500.

All 1954 Chevy Corvettes were built at Chevy's St. Louis Missouri plant. Total 1954 Corvette production was 3,640 vehicles. It's thought that just under 3,000 vehicles were actually sold. As mentioned earlier, sales were disappointing to say the least. As an example, for the 1955 model year and the new small block V-8, and in spite of the manual transmission being offered late in the year, Corvette production was about 23,500 vehicles.

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1954 chevy corvette hubcaps

54 Chevy Corvette custom hubcap

A Prized Collector Car

Both the 1953 and the 1954 Chevy Corvette is a prized collector car and their value has appreciated greatly. In a sense these first generation Chevy Corvettes are a time capsule of history, They showcase an era when American automakers firmly embraced the sports car concept and in a large part to compete against European models.

The 1953 model year had about 350 cars built and the 1954's about 3,000. These are rare collector cars and those originals in museum type condition will most certainly have a six figure price tag. Replicas are also on the market, some priced at $50,000 plus. That alone is a lot of money but only a fraction of what an original 1953 or 1954 Chevrolet Corvette will go for. You might see originals at $400,000 or more.

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A Beauty of a 1960 Chevy Corvette

The 1960 Chevrolet Corvette featured in this article is a beauty. Everything about this car looks like "classic Corvette". The lines and trim on this model were what helped make the Corvette so popular with the younger car buyers.

1960 Corvette

1960 Corvette

The two seat 1960 the Corvette was competing against the European import sport cars as well as against the Ford Thunderbird to some degree. Chevrolet gave the third generation Corvettes more ornamentation and used more aluminum in their construction.

Design and Styling

The very first Chevy Corvette ever produced came off the GM assembly line on June 30, 1953. This was a very significant step forward for GM and it's Chevrolet Division in as much as this was their first car ever with a fiberglass body. This was a pretty radical change for the early 1950's. By the same token, while the fiberglass body was entirely new, almost all the parts underneath it were taken from the current Chevrolet parts shelf. The body was actually fiberglass reinforced plastic on a steel frame.

Corvette designing has always been an interesting endeavor for Chevrolet. The original Corvette was designed largely by legendary GM designer, Harley Earl. It was at Earl's urging that GM decided to produce the roadster. Even though the sports car nearly failed  to catch on after it's introduction, designs and mechanics have steadily changed over the decades to make the Chevy Corvette an American icon.

1960 Third Generation Chevy Corvette

1960 Third Generation Chevy Corvette

Harley Earl retired from GM in 1958 and the design team for the 1960 Corvette was led by Bill Mitchell who had worked under Earl.

The third generation Chevrolet Corvettes, of which this 1960 Corvette model is a part were given a new rear end which included a new anti-sway bar. In addition to that the 1960 Corvette shown here has a new cockpit featuring a redesigned dashboard. The entire car however was changed very little from the 1959 Corvette which was also a third generation car. The model year 1960 however was the last for Corvette's heavy teeth grille. This grille was replaced with a mesh screen on the radiator opening.

1960 Chevy Corvette Specifications

The 1960 third generation Corvette rolled off the assembly line with a 283 cubic inch V-8 engine. There were a variety of four barrel carburetors in the five available engines including one with a fuel injector. Horsepower ranged, depending on the engine, from 230 to 290 horsepower. Quite a lot of added power when you consider that the first 1954 Corvette model came only with a 235 cubic inch six cylinder engine.

1960 Chevy Corvette dashboard

1960 Chevy Corvette dashboard

It's interesting to note that for the 1965 model year the lowest horsepower Corvette offered delivered 350 horsepower and the highest horsepower available that year was 425. Quite a move up in power since 1960.

The 1960 Chevy Corvette had a 102.0 inch wheelbase which was the exact same as with the original 1954 model. The Corvette's overall length was 177.2 inches which was up from the 1954's 167.3 inches. The car's height was pegged at 51.0 inches and it's ground clearance was 5.8 inches.

The 1960 Chevrolet Corvettes which were built at Chevy's St. Louis Missouri factory were available with a four speed manual transmission and a Powerglide automatic.

Front suspension consisted of independent coil springs and rear suspension were semi elliptical leaf. Wheel size was 15 inches.

Curb weight was 2,975 lbs.

The 1960 Corvette new base model price was about $3,900.

Total 1960 model year Corvette production was 10,261 vehicles. The split between manual and automatic transmissions was about even.

1960 Chevrolet Corvette

1960 Chevrolet Corvette

You can find the Corvette's serial number left front door hinge pillar. The 1960 Coevette's had a twelve character serial number containing numerals and letters. The letter used signified the factory where it was built. The second and third numbers designated the series. Fourth and fifth numbers were the body style, the letter in the sixth position was the assembly plant and the remaining numbers were the individual vehicle's serial number.

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An interesting book that includes the 1960 Corvette is, Corvette: American Legend , 1958-60 ( History Series No. 5) by Noland Adams.

Another interesting publication is The Complete Corvette Restoration and Technical Guide, Vol. 1 : 1953 Through 1962 also by Noland Adams.

1960 Chevy Corvette taillight design

1960 Chevy Corvette taillight design

Corvette Collector's Cars

Many Chevrolet Corvettes are very popular collector cars and the 1960 Corvette is a perfect example. This car is a classic collectible.

As of this writing, asking prices are easily in the $60,000 range plus and don't be surprised to see six figures asked. All depends on the exact model, originality and condition. Certain color combinations are more popular.

If your travels take you to Bowling Green Kentucky don't miss stopping by the National Corvette Museum. The museum is a non profit and celebrates the invention of the Chevy Corvette. The museum also hosts several Corvette events throughout the year. Across the street from the museum is GM's Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant which is the only place that Corvettes are now produced. The address for the National Corvette Museum is 350 Corvette Drive, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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