Skip Navigation : C2 1963-1967 : 1963 Corvette
Skip Navigation Links.

The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stringray

1963 Red Corvette Coupe

The 1963 Corvette received a major restyling, new mechanics and a new name "Stingray". Zora Arkus-Duntov convinced the brass at GM to include independent rear suspension on the '63 because he convinced them he could sell 30,000 cars if they had it. The passenger compartment was still kept far to the rear of the car to allow the engine/transmission to sit behind the centerline of the front wheels. This allowed for a better weight ration (47/53) that improved handling. The '63 Corvette included new twin headlights that are hidden behind an electrically operating cover. This added to the aerodynamics of the car when the headlights were not in use. The fastback coupe was also new, it included a fixed roof with a large back window that was split down the center with a body colored bar. This bar was very controversial and was removed in 1964 so it makes the '63 very unique. The car now had recessed non-functional hood louvers. Front fender louvers and ribbed rocker panels replaced the coves on the earlier models. The coupe also has louvers at the back of the side windows. The dash has circular gauges with black faces and the earlier models have storage space under the seats. Air conditioning, power brakes and power assisted steering were now available options. In the middle of the production year the 4-speed manual transmission was transitioned to a four-speed manufactured at the Muncie, Indiana plant, before that the transmission was built by Borg-Warner.
Production Options and Build Statistics

Total 1963 Corvettes Built - 21,513
Convertibles - 10,919
Coupes - 10,594

Convertible Serial Numbers: 30867S100001 - 30867S121513
Coupe Serial Numbers: 30837S100001 - 30837S121513

The "Vehicle Identification Number" (VIN or serial number) is located on a stainless steel plate welded to the right side hinge pillar cross-brace under the glove box.

Position Character Description
1 3 1963
2 & 3 08 Body Series: Corvette
4 & 5 67 Convertible
37 "Split-Window" Coupe
6 S Assembled in St. Louis, MO
7 to 12 100001 to 121513 Production Sequence

Engine Serial Number

1963 Corvette engines have the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the block after the engine number

Digit Example Description
1 to 7 0001001 Sequential Production Number
8 F or T Flint, MI or Tonawanda, NY
9 to 10 Carburetion & Transmission
  • RC = 327-cid 250-hp V-8 with 10.5:1 compression ratio, manual transmission, and four-barrel carburetor
  • RD = 327-cid 300-hp V-8 with 10.5:1 compression ratio, manual transmission, and four-barrel carburetor
  • RE = 327-cid 340-hp V-8 with 11.25:1 compression ratio, manual transmission, and four-barrel carburetor
  • RF = 327-cid 360-hp V-8 with 11.25:1 compression ratio, manual transmission, and fuel injection
  • SC = 327-cid 250-hp V-8 with 10.5:1 compression ratio, Powerglide automatic transmission and a four-barrel carburetor
  • SD = 327-cid 300-hp V-8 with 10.5:1 compression ratio, Powerglide automatic transmission and dual four-barrel carburetors

The body number plate is located on the engine side of the cowl. Fisher Body Style Number identifies the model of Corvette.
64-0867 - Corvette Sting Ray Convertible
64-0867 - Corvette Sting Ray Coupe
The body number is the serial number of the body. The trim number represents the color of the interior, the paint color is the exterior "Magic Mirror" acrylic laqcuer paint color.

RPO Description Price Production
837 Base Coupe $4,038.00 10,594
867 Base Convertible $4,037.00 10,919
898 Genuine Leather Seats $80.70 1,114
941 Sebring Silver Exterior Paint $80.70 3,516
A01 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, All Windows $16.15 629
A02 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, Windshield $10.80 470
A31 Power Windows $59.20 3,742
C07 Auxiliary Hardtop (Convert.) $236.75 5,739
C48 Heater/Defroster Delete -$100.00 124
C60 Air Conditioning $421.80 278
G81 Positraction Rear Axle $43.05 17,554
G91 Special Highway Axle Ratio (3.08:1) $2.20 211
J50 Power Brakes $43.05 3,336
J65 Sintered Metallic Brakes $37.70 5,310
L75 327ci, 300hp Engine $53.80 8,033
L76 327ci 340hp Engine $107.60 6,978
L84 327ci, 360hp Engine - Fuel Injection $430.40 2,610
M20 4-speed Manual Transmission $188.30 17,983
M35 Powerglide Automatic Transmission $199.10 2,621
N03 36-Gallon Fuel Tank (Coupe) $202.30 63
N11 Offroad Exhaust System $37.70 N/A
N34 Woodgrained Plastic Steering Wheel $16.15 130
N40 Power Steering $75.35 3,063
P48 Cast Aluminum Knock-Off Wheels $322.80 N/A
P91 Blackwall Tires, 6.70x15 nylon cord $15.70 412
P92 Blackwall Tires, 6.70x15 rayon cord $31.55 19,383
T86 Backup Lamps $10.80 318
U65 AM Radio $137.75 11,368
U69 AM/FM Radio $174.35 9,178
Z06 Special Performance Equipment $1,818.45 199

Color Options for 1963

RPO Exterior Ditzler # Dupont Lucite # RM # Interior Soft Top Production
900 Tuxedo Black N/A N/A N/A BK-R-S BG-BK-W N/A
912 Silver Blue N/A N/A N/A BK-DB BG-BK-W N/A
916 Daytona Blue DDL-12696 4395-L A-1539 DB-R-S BG-BK-W 3,475
923 Riverside Red DDL-70961 2931-L A-1138 BK-R-S BG-BK-W 4,612
932 Saddle Tan N/A N/A N/A BK-R-S BG-BK-W N/A
936 Ermine White N/A N/A N/A BK-DB-R-S BG-BK-W N/A
941 Sebring Silver DDL-32312 867-96417 N/A BK-DB-R-S BG-BK-W N/A
Color Codes: B=Blue, BG=Beige, BK=Black, L=Leather, R=Red, S=Saddle, SI=Silver, V=Vinyl, W=White

Soft Top Colors
Color Production
Beige 444
Black 3,648
White 5,728

1963 Corvette Specifications

Mechanical Dimensions

Specification Convertible Coupe
Wheelbase 98 inches (2.489 m) 98 inches (2.489 m)
Overall length 175.2 inches (4.450 m) 175.3 inches (4.453 m)
Overall width 69.6 inches (1.768 m) 69.6 inches (1.768 m)
Overall height ; 49.8 inches (1.265 m)
Front tread 56.3 inches (1.430 m) 56.3 inches (1.430 m)
Rear tread 57.0 inches (1.448 m) 57.0 inches (1.448 m)
Frame Full-length ladder type with five cross members and separate body
Ground Clearance 5 inches (12.7 cm) 5 inches (12.7 cm)
Front suspension Independent upper and lower A-arms; unequal-length wishbones; coil springs anti-roll bar;tubular shocks
Rear suspension Independent with fixed differential nine leaf springs; lateral struts and universally-jointed axle shafts radius arms and direct-acting shock absorbers
Steering Saginaw recirculating ball, 17:1 ratio, 3.4 turns to lock
Rear axle type Hypoid semi-floating
Brakes Hydraulic, duo-servo, self-adjusting with sintered iron linings and cast iron drums
Front Drum Diameter 11x2.75 inches
Rear Drum Diameter 11x2.0 inches
Total swept area 134.9 square inches
Wheels 15" 5-lug steel disc
Standard rear axle ratio 3.70:1
Optional rear axle ratio 4.11:1, 4.56:1, 3.08:1, 3.38:1, 3.55:1, 4.11:1, 4.56:1

Engine Specifications

Feature Base Engine RPO L75 RPO L76 RPO L84
Type V-8, Overhead Valve
Block Cast Iron Block
Displacement 327 cid
Bore & Stroke 4.00 x 3.25
Compression ratio 10.50:1 11.25:1
Brake horsepower 250 @ 4400 rpm [email protected] rpm [email protected] [email protected] rpm
Torque 350 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm 360 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm 344 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm 352 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Main bearing five
Valve lifters Hydraulic Mechanical valve lifters & Duntov camshaft
Carburetor Carter four-barrel Type WCFB Model 3501S Carter aluminum Type AFB* four-barrel Ram-Jet Fuel Injection
* AFB - Aluminum Four Barrel

; SiteMap
© Copyright 2006-2019 1031 Productions