No, the headline is not a typo. Before the new Corvette Stingray, its ancestor was the “Sting Ray”. Vette nerds like myself know that the name disappeared for 1968 and returned as one word in 1969. We’ll save the semantics for another day, so let’s watch Jay Leno & Josh Duhamel drive a 1963 Corvette Sting Ray.
Not only was it the first Corvette coupe, but the split rear window was also replaced by a one-piece rear glass in 64. The fuel-injected 327 is fast, even by modern standards, and independent suspension made for a comfortable ride.
Mr. duPont’s 1963 Corvette had power windows, air conditioning, and the “wonderbar” radio, but he declined my offer to payroll deduct it for the next 300 years. Needless to say, the 63 is one of the most desirable cars of all time. Any C2 Corvette is out of my budget, so the C7 is calling my name.
Our dealers have hundreds of 2019 models that have to go before the C8 begins production on Monday. Considering inflation since 1953, the fact that dealers are selling Stingrays under $40,000 makes 2019 the most affordable Corvette of all time. Click the button below to find yours, and stay with us for all your Jay Leno updates.