50th Anniversary of Corvette’s Greatest Achievement

"September 17th, 2012 marks 50 years to the day when the Chevrolet Corvette was transformed into the iconic 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe, which is now a milestone and what we believe is the most significant event in Corvette history, thanks in part to the efforts of GM’s Bill Mitchell, Larry Shinoda, and Zora Arkus Duntov."  So writes Terry Michaelis in his Pro-Team Corvette newsletter.

He continues, "Thousands of photos grace the Internet and past magazine articles, as the 1963 Split Window Coupe represents a hallmark of the famed Stingray.  Its design is endless, without peers."

Terry also lists the colorful descriptions given to the iconic design: "A) all time great, B) a bowtie legend, C) a cultural icon, D) a milestone, E) a breakthrough in style and substance, F) a benchmark, G) sophisticated and civilized, H) every Corvette since has been influenced by it, I) the most exciting production car America has yet experienced, J) history’s most unforgettable, K) it didn’t just carry people, it carried dreams, L) timeless styling, M) this is the car that made the Corvette hobby, N) a symbol of the 1960′s American dream, O) extreme makeover and leaped into the future, P) demonstrating dramatic styling changes, Q) emotional appeal, execution, artistic excellence, and design character and continuity, R) distinction and visionary."

Few car collections, personal or commercial, are without one or more of the fabulous 1963 Corvette Split-Window Coupe.  Maybe like me, you remember where you were when you saw your first one!

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2 Responses to 50th Anniversary of Corvette’s Greatest Achievement

  1. davy says:

    You’d think Terry Michaelis, of all people, would know that, like the split windows of the ’63 coupe, the Sting Ray moniker was 2 words back in the C2 era. It didn’t become Stingray until the script finally appeared on ’69 front fenders. Shame on Terry, whoever proofreads such things, or both!

  2. Bill Connell says:

    I would be shocked if Terry doesn’t know that, too! I’m guessing that the error was made by his editor.

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