Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, what I think is, the most beautiful modern American car made— The 1963 Corvette Sting Ray split window coupe.
The 1963 Sting Ray production car’s lineage can be traced to two separate GM projects: the Q-Corvette, and perhaps more directly, Bill Mitchell’s racing Sting Ray. The Q-Corvette, initiated in 1957, envisioned a smaller, more advanced Corvette as a coupe-only model, boasting a rear transaxle, independent rear suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes, with the rear brakes mounted inboard. Exterior styling was purposeful, with peaked fenders, a long nose, and a short, bobbed tail.
The first-ever production Corvette coupe sported an unusual styling element for its time period— a split rear window—and only for that model year. The rear window’s basic shape had been originally conceived by Bob McLean for the Q-model. Quad headlamps were retained but were hidden, the first American car so equipped since the 1942 DeSoto.
Image was made at Cars & Coffee event at The Vehicle Vault. It was shot with an Olympus E-M5 Mark I with the 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II R kit lens at 14mm and a Program mode exposure of 1/640 sec at f/19 and ISO 320.
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