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AFTER ABOUT A DECADE OF PRODUCTION, THE CORVETTE FINALLY ENTERED ITS SECOND GENERATION STARTING WITH THE 1963 MODEL YEAR. Chevrolet’s sports car had come a long way since its introduction in 1953. It was a car ridiculed by serious sports car enthusiasts until 1956, by which time Chevy engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov had shown Chevrolet personnel what needed to be done to correct the Corvette’s earlier failings. The Corvette got even better the following year with the introduction of the optional fuel-injected small block V-8 and 4-speed transmission. For 1963, the Corvette featured all-new styling inspired by the 1959 Sting Ray