The C-2 Corvette
Just a decade after the first Corvette was created, Chevrolet launched the ground-breaking Sting Ray which is arguably the most iconic American classic car ever created. It featured four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes (starting in 1965), which made it handle much more like contemporary European sports cars.
Optional fuel-injection through 1965 and monster big-block engines after 1965 gave it plenty of power. 1963 also saw the first Corvette in a coupe body. Transmission choices include the 2-speed Powerglide automatic as well as Muncie 3- and 4-speed manuals. Parts are easy to source and the cars are generally simple to fix, but hideaway headlights can be troublesome. 1963 "Split Window" coupes, fuel-injected cars, and maximum horsepower cars such as the 427-ci L88 are the most valuable. However, all second generation Corvettes are great collector cars. If you can find one in your price range, buy it.
Overall, the second generation Corvette gets four out of five stars for reliability, maintenence costs, and parts/support. Not surprisingly, It gets a full five stars for Market Appeal.
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