1963-7 Corvette Production

The 1963 thru 1967 Corvette offered the best of the best. The Corvette of those years offered a lot of options allowing the buyer to personalize his Corvette.  The body design and styling also accommodated customizing. The Corvette in these years was affordable by many and insurance in those years was reasonable allowing ownership by a more youthful customer.

The 1963 Corvette body styling, “heavily influenced by Bill Mitchell, the Head of GM Styling” was used through the 1967 model year with only cosmetic changes. The most notable changes were in the front lower filler panel just behind the front wheels, the removal of the center divider in the back window for 1964 and the addition of back up lights in the center at the rear for 1967. The seat styling also changed each year.

The 1963 Corvette design incorporated a metal structure making the body more rigid than the previous Corvettes. The rigid body rattled less, doors fit and operated better and there were less water leaks.

The “Corvette 1963 – 1967” publication contains figures and photographs with explanations of build sequences and problems associated with design and build that are not, to my knowledge, published elsewhere.  The writer was intimately involved with the production and problem solving challenges beginning with the pre-launch startup and continuing into the beginning of the 1968 Corvette.


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