1964 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
1964 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
1964 was the second year of the second generation (C2) Corvette. Gone was the split window and the fake hood vents although the recessed area where the vents were remained. This generation also introduced independent rear suspension, which would remain on the car even to this day. The sting ray name also appeared with this generation and this particular model made use of the hood “stinger” as it has come known to be. The love affair continues to this day with the Corvette, straight from the mind of ZORA ARKUS-DUNTOV.
From Zora Arkus-Duntov's mind to your eyes, we offer up this C2 second year 1964 Stingray coupe. This car comes to us via its second owner who had it since 1965. A few stints in the military, and a 2004 restoration, it is a mere 2 owner car! A hardtop and aircraft style top wrap around door surrounds which mold neatly into the roofline. With the coupe design it leaves the pointed fastback behind, (literally) and offers up a bit of a classy look with its thin V shaped front and rear lines and the split bumpers with hidden headlights. “When the sting ray bites…” oh wait…!
Fiberglass molded to an art form of rolling sculpture with its thin V shaped hidden headlight split bumper front end and thin V rear complete with the dual round inset taillights, and more split bumpers below. The Sting ray began to come into its own during these C2 years. Up front the ventless “stinger" style hood is flanked by the hidden headlights. This works its way back to the passenger compartment which is framed up front with a curved windshield for that panoramic field of view. In lieu of the side pipes, a black and stainless ribbed rocker cover is present on either side. Dual Corvette coves are behind the front wheel well on the quarter panel. A beautifully curved rear glass and the previous years “pointy bump up” now rolls gracefully down to the taillights. Knockoff style wheels are wrapped in the white rubber, and the aircraft styled doors mold gracefully into the roofline. Silver paint is very nicely applied and is miles deep with very few inclusions, namely prior repairs to the nose are becoming evident (courtesy of a slight accident that occured in 1970) and some small dimpling in the paint on the rear deck of the car. The same can be said for all badging.
For the interior, beautifully aged red vinyl, (code 490AA), low back buckets are flanking a center armrest which becomes a chrome edged center console. This houses the chrome ball topped shift lever and then climbs straight up to house a side mounted radio, various knobs and pulls and large chrome bezel black faced clock. Both sides split gracefully to their respective corners of the dash, but first take an opportunity to form 2 graceful cowls, one for the glovebox, and the other for the gauge cluster. In front of the driver there is a black faux leather textured vinyl background which is very clean, for the passenger glove box we see an aluminum paneled door. The original wood rimmed steering wheel with tri machined metal inserts and a center crossed flag badge fronts the dash. Factory looking red carpet floods all the floors and does not have a mark on it, just some fading and wear. Door panels make use of tuck and roll red leather on top of the panels and after jumps across a delineating chrome strip, then the leather changes to smooth material. Nice chromed knobs handles and vents are embedded within the door panels. Just a hint of red carpet is on the bottom of each pristine door. A shout out to the rear cargo compartment where the carpeting is complete but does show some sun fading.
A flip of the forward facing hinged hood, and we are met with a simply beautifully restored engine bay. If you thought the exterior and interior were the stars, those were only the first two opening acts. A perfect orange/red painted block and valve covers with corrosion free attachments, supple black shiny hoses and just a hint of rust on the exhaust manifolds. This is a mighty 327ci V8 numbers matching (3782870 ca.1962-1965 L30) that puts out 300 horses and is topped underneath that chromed air cleaner housing with a 4-barrel carburetor (#3851761) which is correctly numbered along with the factory correct intake (#3844459-L143) On back is an M20 4-speed manual transmission which is also numbers matching. Way back is a 3.36 rear axle with a CA stamping code.
Very gracefully aged straight, with slight surface rust showing oil the ladder frame, and no rust on the flat floorboards. All this has obviously been well cared for over the years. Dual exhaust snake rearward from the block through the frame and rearward through mufflers and trimmed holes in the bottom rear cowling. Independent front suspension and transverse leaf springs on the rear with 4 wheel power drum brakes are noted sitting within this excellent environment.
These early 1960's C2 “Vettes are just a blast to drive and it made me feel like an artist driving my handiwork with its sculpted fiberglass body, and snappy interior. It lit right up, and the test track beckoned. Performance is the buzzword for this car, as it has nearly limitless acceleration, fine rail like handling, and solid braking. The transmission shifts smoothly, and all controls were in operating condition save for the front driver's door glass which I could hear the motor whirring but the glass did not move. A fun drive for sure!
A great example from 1964 in Sting Ray form, she's a fun driver, and can be used as such, or even to show, it is nice enough and preserved enough to do so with respect. A great color combo, power steering, power brakes, chambered exhaust along with optional backup lights and an all season driver. A classy sculpted profile sports car made in America and definitely iconic in its reputation and looks for this year. Thanks Mr. Duntov, and be careful on that “stinger”, it will put your eye out as they say! This car has been recognized as a Medallion Level Collectible vehicle by American Collectors Insurance, and restoration documentation from 2004 is available for your viewing.
S-St. Louis, MO Assy Plant
107891-Sequential Unit Number
D27-December 27th 1963
ST 64 837-1964 Corvette Coupe
BDY 3283-# St Louis Body #
TR 490AA-Red Vinyl
PNT 940AA-Satin Silver
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