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Chevrolet Corvette Second Generation the Mid Years

The Chevy ‘vette is coming of age; it’s a survivor and it’s thriving in its mid years from 1963 until 1967. The second generation Corvette styling is based on three things: an earlier concept car the “Q” Corvette, a Mako Shark, and a Sting Ray. The 1963 model of this generation was given the moniker “Corvette Sting Ray” and featured a split rear window. The Sting Ray name stayed for four years but the split rear window only lasted for the one year. A coupe is produced for the first time and the ’63 also features a tapered rear deck, non-functional l hood vents. The largest engine choice developed 360 BHP (270 kW) at maximum R.P.M.

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The only visible option for this year was a Delco electronic ignition. Not many changes in ’64 the decorative hood vents disappeared as did the split rear window due to visibility issues. The largest power option in 1964 was the same motor with the BHP kicked up a notch – to 375(280 kW). A rare option on both years is the “Z06” competition option with stiffer leaf springs multi-segment lined brakes with finned drums. Only a couple of hundred “Z06” cars were purchased for the coupe style but only ONE convertible exists with this factory installed option. Both years the headlights remained hidden.

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 The rarest and most valuable Corvette was made during these years: The “Grand Sport Corvette” made a brief appearance in 1963; an original plan called for one hundred of them to be built but only five made it of the assembly line. Those five cars numbered from 001 to 005 are still around today and in private collections.

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 In 1965 four- wheel disks brakes came on-line as well as a “big block” engine option. The “big block” engine is 396 cu in (6.49 L) and develops 425 BHP (317 kW).This engine was an available option until 1967 and could have been ordered with side pipes as an additional option. The ‘65 big block 396 was equipped with Rochester fuel injection. This was the last full year for that option. In 1966 a cheaper big block 396 cu in became available in the middle of the year  that developed the same BHP as the ’65 version and sold 2,000 units in just a couple of months.  In 1966 the most powerful big block engine option was a 427 cu in (7.0 L). Other options for that year included a “Wonderbar” auto-tuning am/fm radio, air conditioning, a telescopic steering wheel and head rests.

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The last of the C2 generation of Corvette is 1967 sporting restyled fender vents. The ‘67 ‘vette had less chrome and ornamentation than previous models. The back-up lights became rectangular and moved towards the center of the car. The two tail lights are now four all red tail lights and would stay that way through 1968. There were twenty “L88” engines factory installed between 1967 and 1969 which were officially rated at 430 BHP but unofficial reports say it actually developed 560 BHP or even slightly higher than that. The “L89” or 427 cu in featured a Holly triple two barrel carburetor or Tri-power and was the highest power option available.


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Streamlined roof-mounted emergency lighting pods were beginning to appear by 1940 and Meteor showed a number of ambulances so-equipped in their mailings. Meteor's flower cars were topped by 5-window business coupe-style roofs and featured a fake folded convertible top made of aluminum mounted at the rear of the flower box. Meteor introduced a new driver's door first seen on 1939 S&S carved-panel coaches that featured an unusual A-shaped window frame. Meteor then mounted a miniature coach lamp within the triangular panel that was now part of the body. Although the new arched door looked great on their service cars, flower cars and carved Gothic hearses, it looked hideous when combined with the vertical B & C pillars found on their limousine-style coaches and ambulances. The rear door window frames as well as the B-pillars and C-pillars were still vertically oriented and clashed with the sharply sloping outline of the front door's arched window-frame.S&S did the right thing and used vertical B-pillar front door frames on their regular limousine-style and landau-style hearses and ambulances. Although they could have used a regular door on their limousine-style coaches and ambulances (as did S&S), for some unknown reason, Meteor didn't and continued producing ugly limousine style coaches until 1950, when regular door frames returned.Quite unfairly, LaSalle had acquired the reputation of being a "cheap" Cadillac and was eliminated by GM just as Cadillac released their new Bill Mitchell-designed models in 1941. The new Cadillac was decidedly forward-looking, side-mounted spares had been eliminated and the new Hydra-Matic automatic transmission was available for the first time having been pioneered by Oldsmobile in the previous year. The prow-nosed look seen in the Thirties was gone, replaced by massive front-end highlighted by the now-famous egg-crate grille. Headlamps were now mounted in, rather than on top of, the front fenders. Equipped with a Cord-like coffin-nose hood the new Cadillacs were noticeably different from their predecessors and set the standard for American luxury during the 1940s. A mid-sized 29-passenger transit bus prototype called the 101 was built during 1941, but never saw production. However their experience with the vehicle helped procure a large contract to produce bodies for a post-war Reo transit coach.The A-framed Meteor coaches continued little unchanged through 1942 although a less-expensive series of coaches appeared in 1941 mounted on Chevrolet chassis that featured normal-looking vertically-oriented B-pillars. When seen on a flower car body, Meteor's A-framed front doors looked good and their 1942 version featured a 5-window business coupe roof mounted on top of a standard Meteor coach body that had been built with no structure above the beltline. The coupe's blanked-in rear quarter-windows were covered by a landau bar and the base of the roof flowed straight back to the rear of the flower box which still had a makeshift faux folded-convertible roof. The rear doors were left intact and could be used to load chairs or other graveside necessities. Access to the casket compartment was through the tailgate which had built-in casket rollers that matched those on the compartment floor. The height of the exposed stainless steel flower deck was hydraulically adjustable so that different-sized floral tributes could be accommodated and a tonneau was included to cover the bed when not in use.After an illustrious career with Henney and a short stint at the Des Moines Casket Company, automotive designer Herman Earl (1878-1957) worked for Meteor up until his retirement during WWII. Another famous wartime Meteor employee was John B. Judkins who became a consultant for the firm, when his Merrimac, MA coachbuilding firm folded in 1942. During the War, Meteor manufactured aviation equipment for the US Navy and ramped up for civilian production in early 1945.Immediately after the war Meteor built 969 bus bodies for Reo's post-war 96-HT 'Victory' bus (1945-1947). These Reo-Meteor coaches included a Continental 427cu in 6­cylinder gasoline engine mounted under the floor and featured sectional bodies similar to those produced by Wayne Works.1946-1948 Meteor coaches remained unchanged from the pre-war 1942 models and still included weird A-framed front doors with integral miniature coach lamps. As with other makers, post-war prices increased by about 50% and new Meteor coaches started at $5,000. All Meteor coaches were now built on Cadillac chassis and included rear fender skirts plus optional automatic transmission and air-conditioning. Ambulances could be ordered with built-in roof-top warning lights, a choice of sirens plus a clever front fender-mounted fire extinguisher.Cadillac's new commercial chassis was available beginning 1949, one year after the introduction of their famous P-38 Lightning-influenced rear fenders.

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