16 June 2014

Generation Gap: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette vs. 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

This week on Generation Gap, Matt and Davin face a tough decision between the undeniable classic style and rarity of the 1963 Split Window Corvette and the modern convenience and power of the 2007 Corvette Z06. Which would you choose? Cast your vote here:

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91 Reader Comments

  • 1
    John S North Carolina USA June 17, 2014 at 17:30
    I love both Corvettes, I want both. But the 1963 Split Window stirs my passion, thrills my senses, and will be remembered, and sought after, long after the 2007 Z06 is lost in the mist. of time
  • 2
    José Morales Mexico June 17, 2014 at 09:48
    Great Category but the first time I saw the Sting Ray I knew it would win. Visually speaking some of the least appealing Corvettes were the C4,C5 and C6 cars; there was just not something that would get my blood pumping. BUT I think if it would have compared the new Sting Ray and the old one, the decision would have really torn me. The C7 has been a styling revolution at least as important as the old Sting Ray, based on a performance standpoint but with new technologies and a design language that will remain prominent in Corvettes to come. It has been the first Corvette striking enough to excite me in a very long time, so that would have been my contender for a modern Corvette.
  • 3
    Drew Oakes SW Ontario June 18, 2014 at 14:37
    I have to go with the 63 split window.. Yes it doesn't have the same braking or hp/torque figures or the weight savings. But alot of that CAN be achieved with throwing in a bigger engine, Much larger performance brakes and you could even do some weight saving if thats your cup of tea.. Or just hit the tred mill ;)
  • 4
    Kenji Kingsford United States June 18, 2014 at 14:55
    It appears to be the old "good grammar or good taste" question. Without a doubt for an investment the split window wins. But from a performance standpoint it is a sled compared to the 2007 "stingray". So I guess it depends on what you value more, performance or nostalgia.
  • 5
    Kerry Utah June 18, 2014 at 14:58
    The Z06 is a damned fine Corvette but, it's part of a large family of similar cars. The 63 on the other hand, is a SPLIT-WINDOW!! 1 year production only. Is there really any comparison? All depends wether you're a true gear-head or just want to impress the neighbors with the fact that you own a Z06.....Split-Window all the way!!!
  • 6
    jimmie roan san antonio tx June 18, 2014 at 14:58
    even though you didn't make the 63 coupe option the ZO6 available that year it is still by far the only choice i would make, even if you put money with the new one.
  • 7
    Dennis S. RI June 18, 2014 at 15:41
    Hmm ... I have a 63 coupe with AC, PS, PB. I also have a 2007 Z06. Since I already have both, do I really need to choose? I love them both.
  • 8
    BILL LUPO FLORIDA June 18, 2014 at 15:51
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    Doug Skane Eastern Wa. June 18, 2014 at 15:56
    I have a 63 vette, paid 19,000 dollars for it 20 Years ago. Will the 2007 Chevy Z06 go up in value like the Split Window did. I do all the work on my car. I might be able to change the oil on the 2007 Corvette Z06
  • 10
    tom mason sacramento california June 18, 2014 at 15:57
    Both are great. Just for looks the 63 is more fun to look at. If you drive your corvette than the 07 is a lot better car. One of the guys mentioned the bumpers, the chrome ones look great but aren't good if some Honda is looking at your car and forgets to stop. I like both but if you saw the millage on the 63 4326 miles this is not what I am into I like to drive my cars and after about 2 hours of driving the 63 is a pain in the BUTT. There is an alternative try a car from Karls Corvettes and get the best of bo.th worlds styling and reliability
  • 11
    Bob Bossey New Hampshire June 18, 2014 at 16:11
    I’ve owned a number of Corvettes and presently have a C2 and a C4 Collector Edition. There is a vast difference between the technology and comfort of the two cars and each one of them is very unique in its own way. However, my 1965 Coupe equipped with the L79 327/365 and factory side pipes turns heads everywhere we go. There is no comparison between the two. The C4 has smooth across the board power whereas the 65 is nothing but brute force. Additionally, the biggest bonus for me is each and every time I get behind the wheel of the 65 it turns back the hands of time and I’m 16 again!
  • 12
    JP Calgary, AB June 18, 2014 at 16:18
    Which Corvette gets more looks driving down the road? I own a 1965 Stingray and hands down its the C2 models. Everyone loves the styling. One of the most beautiful cars ever produced.
  • 13
    JP Calgary, AB June 18, 2014 at 16:18
    Which Corvette gets more looks driving down the road? I own a 1965 Stingray and hands down its the C2 models. Everyone loves the styling. One of the most beautiful cars ever produced.
  • 14
    Mike Hood San Diego June 18, 2014 at 16:26
    The split window is the corvette that all others are compared against. One could argue it is the iconic American car.
  • 15
    L. Moore Michigan June 18, 2014 at 16:38
    I bought a '60 fuel injection Corvette brand new, loved it! Unfortunately it caught fire in '67. Then bought a year old '66 Stingray, loved it too! Sold it, but wish I had both of them back! I don't like skinny sidewalls on tires. Don't like the disc brakes showing. Don't like the deep seats that are so hard to get out of. I like the Corvettes from '55 to '66. I am nit picking not including the '67. I didn't like the backup light location and the gills on the side didn't look as good as the '66 to me.
  • 16
    Russ rural Oregon June 18, 2014 at 16:40
    tough call, but the sting of the electrical and other issues of recent generation of Corvettes tends to sway me towards the swc. at least I can still work on those if need be. I already built/own a 62 resto-mod, so I'd take either one of the two offered for free however ;)
  • 17
    Gary Zatkovich Santa Rosa, CA June 18, 2014 at 16:52
    The C2 wins hands down,...I ordered my 65 new from the factory and still have it today. Best $4575 investment I ever made!
  • 18
    Tom DeMott Pennsylvania, USA June 18, 2014 at 17:33
    Back in 1968 I bough a cherry '63 convertible for $2000. Three years later I traded it in for a station wagon (...got married). Fast forward to 2005 and I bought a great 1969 C3 T-Top for $25,000 which I still own. I dig all Chevy's Vettes but like the feel of older suspension and roar of side pipes. Gotta' vote for the '63 split window.
  • 19
    Joe Richmond, VA June 18, 2014 at 17:38
    Not a Vette guy at all, save for the C2s. So no contest for the one I'd want in the garage.
  • 20
    Steve Jizmagian California June 18, 2014 at 17:42
    I have a 1966 and 2008 convertibles, so obviously love both models.
  • 21
    Mike Mattis Denver Suburb June 18, 2014 at 17:42
    The Split Window will never go out of style nor drop in value as it was a one year production ONLY. I was a senior in high school when it came out and it was absolutely the best looking car I had ever seen then, and it still is today.
  • 22
    Eric Verstraete Fountain Valley, CA June 18, 2014 at 17:49
    It is interesting you specified the engine in the 2007 Z06 and not in the 63. Therefore I will exercise the option and go for the 63 Z06. the top one went for as much as $1,050,000. Selling it gives you enough change to buy the next 2 63 Z06s at $400K each and have change for the 2007 and a brand new 2014.
  • 23
    Terry R. Gonser Rochester, Michigan June 18, 2014 at 17:52
    I have a Split Window Coupe with the 340 HP Special High Performance engine. It is Riverside Red and completely restored. No matter where I travel, it get many looks and as many 'thumbs up.' The sound of the engine through stock mufflers is nothing but thrilling, especially when the secondaries are wide open and the intake roar joins the exhaust roar. Nothing better! I've owned many C4 and C5 Corvettes and have driven C6s and ZO6s. The '63 remains my favorite!!!
  • 24
    Wayne NJ June 18, 2014 at 17:53
    I have a black 2007 Z06 and a Glen Green 1965 375HP Corvette Fuelie convertible with sidepipes. I love them both, but if faced with a choice, the 2007 Z06 wins. It's a blast to drive and is easier to drive than the '65. There's absolutely no contest when it comes to handling, comfort and acceleration - the 2007 is far superior, and that's what Corvettes are supposed to be all about. But then, there's the looks - nothing beats a C2, and as a friend says about the '65, THIS CAR IS BADASS.
  • 25
    Tom Kegg Indiana June 18, 2014 at 17:57
    I have a friend who has 1963 slip windows but to me a Corvette is a 1953 to 1963. Better yet is my 1959 100-6 Austin Healey.
  • 26
    marlin sf ca. June 18, 2014 at 18:29
    I owned a 70 c3 in my youth 1980-90...sold it to buy a Buick Grand National in '90, it was my family car for about 7 years untill it was stolen from my driveway. Fast forward 14 years or so and my wife tells me the next car is mine, what do I want? I had my sights set on a z06 08 for 44k...but I setteld for a 99 fixed roof coupe for 10k. It is 10 times the car my c3 ever was,not as good looking, but I look at it this was...The c5 was one compettive beast at Lemans in its hey day, so I can say I'm proud to drive a vette, not the fastest one, but it will haul the mail in expedicious fsahion!
  • 27
    Don Misler North of boston June 18, 2014 at 18:42
    I'm lucky too own a 72 stingray (1 word). It's not a 63 coupe, but it gets considerable positive reviews, now recently I test drove a 2010 torch red with black top, and you know, it might as well have been a ford fusion, like the 07 ZO6, the C6, has big get up & go, But, I go from 60 to 18 again behind the wheel in the newer ones you just go fast. Oh ya if you offer for free the new corvette ''Ferrari " to me I'm not stupid I'll take it, but it AIN'T a stingray (sting ray) it's just fast
  • 28
    Chuck Minn. June 18, 2014 at 18:52
    The 1963 looks better and far easier to fix at home. Fuel injection has left me on the side of the road too much.
  • 29
    Marty california June 18, 2014 at 18:57
    Both cars are great. The z06 has incredible power, but how many 63's are around.
  • 30
    TONY ZATKOVIC MICHIGAN June 18, 2014 at 19:01
    Although corvettes aren’t my cup of tea. I’m more into old mopars. I would vote for the 63 split window. There’s just something magical about the early corvettes that will never be duplicated no matter what.
  • 31
    Don Galeziewski South Bend IN June 18, 2014 at 19:02
    Having owned a 63 split window 327/340, 4spd, 4:11 gears in the early 70's when I was under 25, I still have a passion for that car even though I have driven the newer ones.
  • 32
    Jay Replogle Los Angeles, Ca June 18, 2014 at 19:13
    I had a 67 big block, tripower, 4 speed as a young man and it was a monster blast, but I now have a great o8 coupe LS3 which does everything great and in comfort! My Resto car is my original owner 70 coupe with a ZZ4 engine and a 700R4 tranny with a beautiful yellow ZL1 paint scheme. It's great fun to take out on summer evenings and to car shows.
  • 33
    Lawrence T Chestermere, Alberta June 18, 2014 at 19:14
    First of all, I own a 79 L82 and it's great to drive. No doubt, you get looks from almost everyone. To pick the 63 or the 07 is a tough one. The styling on the 63 wins hands down; the luxury and performance on the 07 I'm sure is outstanding, but in the end, I have to cast my vote for the 63. Great job to all the Chevy engineers and stylists for making one of the greatest iconic cars of all time!
  • 34
    Fraser Henderson Vancouver, BC June 18, 2014 at 19:33
    The Stingray is a hammer. The Z06 is a computer. The Stingray connects muscle to machine in undiluted, unforgiving consequence. The Z06 receives instructions and produces a techno symphony of awesomeness, while reserving the option of retreat. Apples to oranges.
  • 35
    R. H. Porter Texas June 18, 2014 at 19:43
    It would be nice to see a 1963 Z06 vs. 2007 Z06 ;-)
  • 36
    Sven Christensen Ontario, Canada June 18, 2014 at 19:45
    Modern Corvettes are a common sight...gimme the '63!!!!
  • 37
    Mike Andres Minnesota June 18, 2014 at 20:47
    The 2007 Z06 is just another used car. The newer 'vettes are faster and better. They should have at least compared the split window to the latest 'vette. The 2007 isn't even 3rd or 4th on the list of best newer Corvettes.
  • 38
    les Victoria BC June 18, 2014 at 20:56
    For me the epitome of the Corvette were the split window Sting Rays. Ever since I first saw this car I have liked them. The new Vettes lack the panache.
  • 39
    Harold hanson Nc June 18, 2014 at 21:13
    Your bad not wearing seat belts
  • 40
    Shawn Atlanta June 18, 2014 at 21:13
    I own a 2009 Z06 and 1967 Corvette Roadster Big Block. I love both cars but the C2 is timeless. If I had to sell one of them, it would be the Z06.
  • 41
    Tony Pedro Queens New York June 18, 2014 at 21:14
    If you drive a C2 down the road you will slow traffic and get thumbs up ALL day!! You drive a new one, nobody notices.Ok maybe someone will. And you cant beat it for investment reasons People really respond to my 57&64 roadster.I will never buy new.
  • 42
    Stu IA/AZ June 18, 2014 at 21:21
    My dad's office nurse growing up had a '64 solid lifter convertible. I'd kill to get that car now... or my mom's '63 SS convertible... Split window coupe hands down!!!!
  • 43
    Mike Rose Auburn NH. June 18, 2014 at 21:28
    I also have the pleasure of owning two Corvettes. I have a 65 roadster 327 365 HP and a 2007 Z06. The 65 is an NCRS Top Flight car and is a head turner. But to be frank it drives like a truck. The Z06 is smooth, powerful and it will get close to 25 mpg on a long trip. The 65 is an investment and a great car to look at. The Z06 is easily the most fun I've ever had driving a car.
  • 44
    Curtis Kosley Colorado Springs, CO June 18, 2014 at 21:34
    While I kind old like the old 63, give me the power handling, looks, etc. of the ZO6 anytime. That's why the resto-mod cars are worth so much at today's auctions. Give me a 63 with the ZO6 chassis!!
  • 45
    Karl Carmel June 18, 2014 at 21:39
    There is another factor to consider in this discussion. The materials used and quality control was far superior in 1963....
  • 46
    Don Michigan June 18, 2014 at 22:00
    They are both great cars for different reasons. I was there when this all started and all the rest until I retired in '96. I love 'em all but the Split Window is tops with me. As others have said there are memories involved.
  • 47
    Marc Kennewick, WA June 18, 2014 at 22:34
    I have had 4 Corvettes over the years, first was a 58 vert I paid $300 for, sold for $500 (way back in the day :), then the 63 Splitty! What a great car, wished I still have it (bought for $3800, sold for $1600 when I left CA), next 74 big block 4 speed, ok brute, now have 73 classic and its a joy to drive and be able to work on!
  • 48
    Justin Lynn Pennsylvania June 18, 2014 at 22:39
    I love the exhaust not and performance of the zo6 and I like it better than the new zr1 and the newer stingray and zo6, I just don't like the new zo6 body that's all
  • 49
    Big Bob Palm Springs, CA June 18, 2014 at 22:41
    As the owner of a 65, the disc brakes and a 308 rear make for livability and easy freeway cruising turning around 3 grand at 70. When looking for a daily ride the C6 seemed disengaged from the driving experience and also over sized or clumsy. Having owned a number of early Porsches I went for the same vintage Porsche which seems much closer to the same driving experience and size of the earlier cars. Yes it's more money but a more refined car with the same visceral experience of it's predecessors. I can't say the same for the Vette.
  • 50
    Bill Powell Dallas June 18, 2014 at 23:01
    Proud owner of both. You cannot compare them. Split window with the lady on Saturday night but the smoking Z on the freeways among the overpriced German boys on Saturday morning. Only 17,000 miles on the "new" one in the garage. The classic left in 1968 when the wallet went bare; too sad.
  • 51
    Jerry R. Rhode Island June 18, 2014 at 23:48
    Both Corvettes are super cars but the 63 - 67 Corvettes are lusted after, especially the 1967 big block roadster. The Z06's time will come, but I'm not sure it will have the enduring allure of the 63 - 67's
  • 52
    Marty Osborne Eastern Washington June 18, 2014 at 12:10
    Considering the 63 split window Corvette... they came out while I was still in high school. I never liked the split window coupe, I would prefer a 61 or 62 convertible. Granted the new Corvette has more power, handles and brakes better... but for classy looks cruising, I prefer the 61-62.
  • 53
    Alan Houston, TX June 19, 2014 at 13:02
    I have both of these. The only difference is my 63 is convertable with a 454 and holly 850. The ego boost from driving the 63 is amazing. The Z06 is great for the long haul and when I need a/c. The Z06 gets 33 mpg and my 63 gets 4.7 mpg. But I would still choose the 63.
  • 54
    Marty Weiss Connecticut June 19, 2014 at 01:08
    63 Stingray. Hands down. But I'm somewhat biased. I've own a 63 Split Window Coupe since 1994, Sebring silver 327/340. Yes, it drives like a truck, has drum brakes and "skinny" tires that, when coupled with that long nose, can develop some serious understeer in a speed turn, but it has raw power. The shifter moves in your hand and somehow senses the next shift. The clutch rides high and is tight on depression. It's pure adrenaline. You feel at one with a wild machine. Hard to describe. Plus, People always stare and point. Next to a 2007 Z06 or ANY other undeniably great Corvette from any year, unless Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima is lying naked on the hood, said car will be invisible. Period. End of discussion.
  • 55
    Lawrence T Chestermere, Alberta June 19, 2014 at 01:19
    First of all, I own a 79 L82 and it's great to drive. No doubt, you get looks from almost everyone. To pick the 63 or the 07 is a tough one. The styling on the 63 wins hands down; the luxury and performance on the 07 I'm sure is outstanding, but in the end, I have to cast my vote for the 63. Great job to all the Chevy engineers and stylists for making one of the greatest iconic cars of all time!
  • 56
    Bill Frymier Yakima Washington June 19, 2014 at 13:38
    When I think of Corvette the first image that comes to mind is a 63 split window. It's styling is and always will be timeless. When I see a 2007 Vette I definitely notice it, but when I see a 63 split window I slow down so I can watch it as it passes me.
  • 57
    Dan Pepper Seattle, WA June 19, 2014 at 01:39
    C1's & C2's are the responsible for igniting the mystique that the C6 enjoys… Different cars, but same DNA. Love my C2 big block and 70 ZR1. A C6 Z06 will be the next classic in the stable!
  • 58
    Mack King Oscoda, MI June 19, 2014 at 14:30
    I'd take the C2 '63 Sting Ray Coupe every time over the '07 Z06! I have a '65 C2 Sting Ray Roadster and a 'C6 '06 Z51 Coupe. While there is little comparison, in terms of comfort, performance and technology, my old Sting Ray gives me the most fun, stares, and exhilaration than my C6. will.
  • 59
    WILL INDIANA June 19, 2014 at 17:22
    The '63 is a beautiful car, but if you haven't sat in one, you have no idae how small they are!! I'm 6'3", and I can't get into my buddies.... I may be a bit large, but they are small!!
  • 60
    Steve Towner Chicago area June 19, 2014 at 05:51
    I own a 63' and still gets my heart pumping after 25 years!
  • 61
    Bob Malley Enfield, CT June 19, 2014 at 06:04
    The '63 is the ONE and I own a '07.
  • 62
    Kerry Baton Rouge June 19, 2014 at 07:29
    Being a corvette lover, the car itself gets my heart pumping. The 63 has always been in a class all by it's self. I believe the 66 or 67 big block would have been a better comparison with the Z06.
  • 63
    Bruce L United States June 19, 2014 at 20:05
    I have been considering an offer of an even trade of a nice '63 split window that needs a little work for my pristine '08 convertible. I keep deciding to keep the C-6 because it is such a comfortable, trouble-free driver. I think the guys with one of each probably have the right idea.
  • 64
    Jeff Lawrence Battle creek, mi June 19, 2014 at 08:07
    Have a 63 Split Window, ps, pb, at. Fell for it at age 16 as a family friend had one. Have driven new vettes, but still enjoy my 63. This car is a true American Classic along with the 641/2 mustang. My 63 is a head turner whether on the trailer or on the road.
  • 65
    Larry AZ June 19, 2014 at 20:39
    You have got to be kidding! Brick on a RollerSkate ride, drum brakes, NO air, NO power steering,or brakes,12 mph compared to State of the Art, HP, power everything, comfort, traction control, and 25mph and .19 drag. That's why the 63 is a trailer queen, no body with a brain would drive it 100 miles!
  • 66
    bill mcmorrow new york June 19, 2014 at 08:40
    i have never driven a vette newer than a 93 and that blows away my 3 mid years. but I always loved the mid years over all others. drove a 63 30 years ago and could not stand the split. but would like to ad one to my group now.
  • 67
    R Baker San Diego, CA June 19, 2014 at 20:42
    63 wins in every category for me. I appreciate the comfort and technology in the 07 until things start going wrong with it $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
  • 68
    Warren kimme East Central Wisconsin June 19, 2014 at 09:00
    You are comparing diamonds and cut glass. The 63 is the diamond in case your wondering. Yes the Z06 is state of the art and at a good price. But at a car show people stop and look at a 63 and walk past a Z06 with only a glance.
  • 69
    Gus Houston June 19, 2014 at 09:08
    it depends on what you want to do with the car. The '07 is definitely more reliable and powerful, but the '63 is instantly recognizable as one of the most beautiful cars ever produced.
  • 70
    Bob Wisconsin June 19, 2014 at 09:26
    I remember the first time I saw a 63 split window. I was in basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood,MO. A officer pulled in across the street from my barracks with a new red 63 split window. I was making 78 bucks a month. I thought I never could afford such a beauty.
  • 71
    bill martin pennsylvania June 19, 2014 at 09:59
    As much as I like the styling of the 63 split window ,they are definatly not a summer car unless equipt with air conditioning. Yea I can fix the 63 if it goes down, and the 07 Im calling a tow truck...Looking at the big picture Id drive the wheels off the the 07 where the split window would sit most of the time
  • 72
    Stan G Colorado June 19, 2014 at 10:30
    I had the choice last year,, I picked the 63 SWC, now sitting in my garage all covered up only to peek out of the garage on sunny weekends.
  • 73
    Jimmy F WI. June 19, 2014 at 22:35
    I bought a '63 SWC in 1970 for $900. Beautiful car, but back then it was just an old used Corvette. I drove it to work part of the winter. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. The '63 gets my vote.
  • 74
    JC S.F, CA June 19, 2014 at 23:27
    I recently completed a 3,000 mi/ 6day road trip in my 63 hardtop Vette. There wasn't a time when I stopped for fuel that a stranger didn't strike up a conversation or make a comment regarding the car. They were all positive comments or reasonable questions. The people ranged from kids, "What kind of car is that?" to elders,"My brother had a car like that and I loved to drive it." I had 2 different newer model Corvette owners come over and check it out, During that entire trip, mostly on state highways and some interstates, I saw only 2 Vettes with bumpers and perhaps 6-7 newer ones. I hope the others were waiting for perfect summer weather, and they are out on the roads now.
  • 75
    JJ Way south of Gary June 19, 2014 at 11:36
    Let me ask the question another way: if you could only have one of these cars for the rest of your life (excluding your daily driver), which would it be? '63 for me, hands down. I have one 3 years newer but without a top.
  • 76
    Sarge Eau Claire, WI June 19, 2014 at 11:40
    In 1967, I passed on a friends (mint) 63 Split window, I think for $2400. Kicking myself every since.
  • 77
    Wayne S North of Montana June 19, 2014 at 00:10
    I drive my classic car on weekends to shows. I get a lot of thumbs up because it's unique. After more than an hour behind the wheel, I'm longing for the comfort and serenity of a well engineered automobile.
  • 78
    J Curry Marlboro Country /maryland June 19, 2014 at 12:29
    63 Split Corvette and the 64-67 Small and Big Block /gen cars are Favoites
  • 79
    Gunnar Lacy Marion, Iowa June 20, 2014 at 16:06
    muscle beats import al the time!!!!!!! :)
  • 80
    Joe Meinert Cedar Grove, N.J June 20, 2014 at 18:33
    Love these vidoes! You guys are the best!
  • 81
    Tom San Antonio June 21, 2014 at 16:40
  • 82
    Wailen Seto Spring, Texas 77375 June 22, 2014 at 14:33
    Hands down, I voted for the 63 because I owned a 65 coupe with all the options - AC, PS, PB, PW, Power radio Ant & Knockoff wheels!! I love my classic vette!!!
  • 83
    Mac Indiana June 22, 2014 at 22:06
    for nostalgia look and curb appeal, it would be the 63!......you can tell it from a 62 or 64!.........for ride,handling and comfort it would be the 2007 ....even though I can't tell the difference between it and a 2006 or 2008!
  • 84
    Jim K Phoenix June 23, 2014 at 15:24
    I don't get the mystique surrounding the 63 coupe. I like the body style, but I'd be much happier with a non-split window. The split window does nothing for performance; it's just a styling cue that caused more complaints about visibility from the drivers. I guess if you like being looked at, but are ok driving something less driver oriented, go with the 63. Personally, I'd rather have a kit car, and get rid of all the awful 51 year old bits (like the steering) and actually have something that I can flog without having to see its value drop with each additional mile on the odometer. For that alone, I'll take the Z06.
  • 85
    Sunoco 260 France June 23, 2014 at 05:40
    What tough decision? One is breathtaking to behold just sitting still while the other is an invisible appliance.
  • 86
    Sunoco 260 France June 23, 2014 at 05:42
    What tough decision? One is breathtaking to behold just sitting still while the other is an invisible appliance.
  • 87
    Joe Tartaglia Morgn Hill, CA June 23, 2014 at 19:44
    The 1963. However I solved the dilemma by owning a 1965 365hp convertible. and a 2001 convertible. I must admit the 2001 is more fun to drive in terms of performance. The 1965 gets the waves from the pedestrians and takes me back to 1970 when I owned a '67 convertible.
  • 88
    Earl King Denver June 24, 2014 at 17:39
    As a C2 ---1966---owner I am somewhat bias, however the new cars are high tech, I own my car more for future investment
  • 89
    Shaddow Australia June 24, 2014 at 22:34
    Couldn't care less about the 63 being a split window but would always want a second or third gen Corvette. They are just stunning to look at. Having said that, I'd drop in a EFI and modern brakes without blinking if I got my hands on one.
  • 90
    Danny MS Gulf Coast June 25, 2014 at 19:10
    I was 13 when I saw the first commercial for the 63. The camera zoomed in on the headlight and it winked at me!. In my opinion, the C2 series is the best of them all. I currently own a C3 75 and still hope to someday own a C2.
  • 91
    Michelangelo U.S.A. September 1, 2014 at 15:40
    So here it is: every year automakers improve their cars The '63 and Z06 have been bested. Being American, both cars can be maintained for decades to come. What you have left is aesthetics. The Z06 was styled by a wind tunnel which makes it almost mundane to look at. The '63 was styled by love and lust and all those things that make you smile. We don't need to return to carburetors. We need to bring back style.

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