1962 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible
Conceived by Bill Mitchell and Zora Arkus-Duntov, the second-generation Corvette literally evolved from the Stingray race that Mitchell created. It was also a year for many firsts for the Corvette; the first Sting Ray, the first Corvette with independent rear suspension, the first year for the Z06 option and the first and only year for the split window coupe.
While the C2's styling was both aggressive and radically advanced for its time, there were a number of other advancements made to the second-generation Corvette that also attributed to the Sting Ray's success. The Sting Ray had a newly designed chassis that featured a shorter wheelbase and a faster “Ball-Race” steering, both of which attributed to providing the car with improved maneuverability and handling. While having a shorter wheelbase might normally imply a rougher ride, the design of the C2 partially compensated for this by redistributing the weight of the car from front to rear. By moving some of the weight out of the car's front end, steering the car became more. At the same time, Corvette engineers moved approximately 80 additional pounds on/over the rear wheels, which improved the car's traction, especially during moments of more aggressive acceleration.
There were also a number of enhancements to the rest of the C2 Corvette that were vast improvements from its predecessor. Just as the steering/maneuverability had been improved, so too was the Sting Ray's stopping ability. The new Corvette came equipped (standard) with wider, four-wheel cast-iron 11-inch drum brakes, which provided a more effective braking area, which, in turn, produced shorter stopping distances. Other major improvements that were introduced on the 1963 Corvette included positive crankcase ventilation, a smaller flywheel, and an aluminum clutch housing. A more-efficient alternator also replaced the old-fashioned generator.
1963 Corvettes have the lowest productin of all C2 Corvettes. Arguably the best Corvette ever made to date.