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C2 Corvette (1963-1967)

The Age of Muscle

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1964 Corvette Coupe

The basic 250 horsepower coupes are the most affordable remaining C2 Corvettes. Their value is still high, but aficionados who want a vintage Corvette should act soon.

Photo courtesy of General Motors

The Corvette truly came into its own in the 1960s. In this era, Corvette production rose from about 10,000 cars each year to about 27,000 cars per year. The variety of engine options also increased and several special performance editions were offered, such as the original racing-oriented Corvette Grand Sport in 1963.

Technology Advances

This generation of Corvette also established the brand as a technological leader. With the advent of the C2, Corvettes received independent rear suspension years in advance of any other domestic production model. Chevrolet had tried fuel injection in the C1 era, but the fuel injected C2 Sting Ray models (immortalized in the song Shut Down by the Beach Boys) were technology and performance leaders of the day.

Particularly significant C2 Corvettes include the rare and desirable 1963 split-window coupes, the ultra-rare Grand Sport Corvettes, and the 1967 L88 427 big block models that boasted 430 horsepower.

Collectible Value

The C2 Corvettes are among the most expensive to purchase and restore, but also among the best investments. Whether your C2 is a coupe or convertible, and whether it was delivered with the base 250 horsepower 327 cubic inch V8 or the muscular L88, these cars will make you the envy of Corvette owners and sports car enthusiasts everywhere.

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