Corvette Sting Ray Split-Window [1963]

Larry Shinoda/Bill Mitchell

This model’s debut in 1963 held significance as it represented a decade from the birth of the original radical piece of automotive dynamism. Corvette’s lead designers/engineers – Ed Cole, Zora Arkus-Duntov and Bill Mitchell were aware that this was a time for inflexion, and so the first ever Corvette production coupe was developed and displayed an idiosyncrasy: the split rear window. The new chassis greatly improved maneuverability, with assistance from an altered weight distribution. Other striking elements included hidden quad headlights, door panels that cut into the roof and faux vents to the hood. Due to considerable safety concerns brought about through reduced visibility, the split rear window was dicontinued after just one production year.

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