The sexiest cars of the ’60s

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1. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray

1963 Chevy Corvette Sting Ray split window

This classic Chevy is not just known as the sexiest Corvette around, but one of the hottest cars ever made.  It combines the masculinity of the long, sharp bonnet and racecar machismo with smooth feminine curves. The car was named the Sting Ray after the venomous fish of the same name.  The Corvette’s ramped hood lets it cut through air like a stingray glides through water.

Designers Larry Shinoda and Bill Mitchell pushed the boundaries with this carefully contoured, aerodynamic design for the second-generation C2 Corvette, which stood out from the original ’50s model like a rib-eye steak on a bed of tripe.

The C2 Corvette was available as both a convertible and a coupé. While the convertible model gives the car a certain show-off factor, the coupé helps keep the driver concealed and left to the imagination – and what’s more sexy than mystery?

Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 1963 split-window

If you pulled up to a red carpet event in one of these, heads are going to turn, eagerly waiting to see who steps out in style. With the convertible, you’d blow the surprise. Saying that, there are few better feelings in the world than cruising top-down in a classic Corvette.

Original 1963 coupés are distinct from the 1964-67 models as they have a ‘style-over-substance’ split-window at the rear, meaning the view out the rear view mirror was pretty seriously obstructed.  After only a year, beauty’s loss was safety’s gain when a regular, unobstructed, one piece window was installed instead.

This ‘split-window’ design makes those original 1963 Sting Rays even more sought-after, and one of the most prized collector’s cars around.  Although, looking at the comparison below, the ’64 model still looks pretty stunning.

Most small, inexpensive sports cars can give you a mix of speed, style and comfort – but never all three. The C2 Corvette was an exception to the rule. With power steering, power brakes, air conditioning and the finest leather seats, you didn’t have to choose between comfortable and cool.

If you bought one of these babies back in 1963 it would set you back a ‘costly’ US$3,513. But now, an original in great condition can easily sell for a quarter of a million dollars, and while we’d hate to see it go – we’d love to watch it drive away.

Next up: What would the ‘King of Cool’ drive?

Ben Flowers is an established car writer and enthusiast. When he isn’t surrounded by some of the world’s sexiest cars at Dutton Garage, he’s at home restoring new life into neglected classic cars.

2 Comments

  1. What, no E-Type?

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  2. Love the Corvette and wish there were more of them in Britain. Its simple snobbery that the car mags hate all American cars when they’re as good as a lot of the junk built in Europe.

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