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Cool video from Jay Leno's Garage.

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Try to watch it in 1080P

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And here's Santa's new sleigh.
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Great video....... wouldn't it be nice to be able to bid on that 58.......
And can you imagine guys buying a 63 back in the day, and then cutting out the rear window post to improve the visablity......
 
OOOh Brian, no cutting, just buy a '64 or later...:eek: I'd gladly put up with the post to drive a '63 fuelie.

Great vids and pics Zeeman ...... J Leno is the man for all his survivor rides.

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Great video....... wouldn't it be nice to be able to bid on that 58.......
And can you imagine guys buying a 63 back in the day, and then cutting out the rear window post to improve the visablity......

Just think, if it wasn't for those '63 buyers, the split window '63 wouldn't be the car it is now.
 
Good video. Love the older Vettes and how far advanced they were for their times.

A couple of mistakes in the video; '63 fuelies only had 360HP, same as in '62. It wasn't until they added the 2.02/1.60 heads and the bigger cam in '64 that power went to 375HP.

Also; '53 production was 300 cars, all with the 150HP 235 cid six and powerglide. No six was offered with a manual. '55 was the first year with a manual and out of the 693 V8's produced that year, it's estimated that only 75 got the 3 speed manual. All others including 7 sixes got the powerglide.

Some interesting trivia on the Stingray racer. The car was built on a leftover Corvette SS chassis. Larry Shinoda designed the body foretelling the future Sting Ray. The car originally had an aluminum head 283 fuelie rated at 280HP and a prototype aluminum Harrison radiator. The car was financed and campaigned by Bill Mitchell himself and had originally been painted red. The car was intended to win an SCCA championship in 1959 but the brakes were a problem and the body was too heavy. A new lighter body was installed in the late summer of '59 and was painted silver along with better brakes. The car won the SCCA C-modified division in 1960 and then went on the show circuit after that. Soon after, Mitchell had it painted red again and began driving it to work. In later years, he had a weber carbed 427 installed and had it painted silver again. Can you imagine driving that car to work!! And another tidbit; Zora Duntov despised this car and would never acknowledge its existance as it had taken away from the purity of his original SS racer.
 
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Thirty years ago, this past summer at the CCCC (ER) Corvette Convention in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

General Motors loaned us Bill Mitchell's Stingray Racer and the Aerovette. They were shipped to us in a semi. We had to deposit them in the hotel ballroom for the Saturday evening banquet/dance....a ballroom that is situated on the 2nd floor of the hotel. I'll post some photos later showing how we did that.

I chaired the event. We pretty much owned the two largest hotels in town - the Sheraton Brock and Sheraton Foxhead, as they were named at the time, with about 700 in attendance.

As part of the festivities, we decided to display eight Corvettes in the ballroom, including a 1966 Corvette 427 convertible that we raffled off for Spina Bifida and the two experimental cars mentioned above.

Sooooooooooooo, late Saturday afternoon, after blasting around Niagara Falls with a police escort, we did just that.

Photos showing how later. :canada:
 
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