This isn’t just any run-of-the-mill split window Sting Ray. C2 Sting Rays are probably the most highly sought-after Corvettes of the brand’s sixty-plus year history, but the 1963 model can claim fame as quite a great story. The split window was a one-year option on the 1963 model year only, and that this is a Z06 and a development mule makes our featured car here a great story itself.
Packing a fuel-injected 327-cid small block V8 with 360 horsepower, this Sting Ray was made to tackle the track, not the drag strip. Couple that with a limited slip rear differential, cast aluminum wheels, a close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission, and exclusive brakes, along with a gargantuan 36.5-gallon fiberglass fuel tank (try finding a car on the lot with that big a tank today and I’ve got the Goethals Bridge to sell you), and the Z06 was a road-racer’s dream in the early Sixties. This car was used for various powertrain development programs and purchased by one of the engineers involved when the program ended–he still owns it, and drives it, to this day. Enjoy the photos.