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I found this 1963 Corvette at a local car show at a nearby winery a few years ago. Ledgewood Creek Winery puts on an annual car show and I decided I was going to shoot this show in black and white as it seemed fitting to shoot these old cars that way.
I have always been a big lover of the Chevrolet Corvette and the 1963 model was for it's time very revolutionary. The hide away headlights were introduced to the Corvette in 1963 and the body styling with the sloped hoodline and the sharp edges had not been seen on a production car like this ever.
Chevrolet also introduced an independant rear suspension for this car. This was the first time this had been used in a Chevrolet also.
The biggest design feature for the 1963 Corvette of course was the split rear window. Many thought the style was ugly and many custom shops had kits to take the split out of the window. GM changed the design for the following year. Now if you a have a split window you truly have rare automobile.
The stock 63 Corvette came equiped with a 327 cubic inch V8 that put out 250 horse power. There were a number of optional engines including a 360 horse power fuel injected 327.
For $80.00 you could get leather seat trim, an auxilary hardtop for your convertable set you back $236.75. Power brakes set you back $43.00 but a AM/FM radio set you back $174.00. That upgrade cost more than upgrading to the first upgraded 340 horsepower engine.
February 12th, 2012
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