The Stingray name appeared on the front fenders after being absent for a year. The back up lights were adjoined to the center taillights. The ignition is now on the steering column, and the depression door button was removed as a key lock supplanted it. New standard features include: front and rear disc brakes, headlight washers, center console, wheel trim rings, carpeting, and all vinyl upholestry. 60% of the Vettes from ’69 came with power steering, which is SIGNIFICANTLY more than previous years of only 10-20%. 78.4% had the four speed manual transmission, one in four had power windows, and the 350 cid 300hp could reach 60 mph in 8.4 seconds.
’68 was another year of Corvette for major remodeling. The fast back was replaced with a tunneled roof coupe. It had a removable rear window, and a two piece roof, called a “T Top”. The front was more aerodynamic, and the headlights were hidden as usual, though they were now vacuum operated instead of electrically. Chrome was eliminated from the sides, and the door handles were replaced with push buttons. 80% of the models were 4 speed transmission and had tinted glass. Top speed was 142, and the L79 could go to 60 in 6.3 seconds, while the L71 only did 7.7 seconds.
The ’67 Vette is considerably the best looking of the Sting Rays. The Big Block engines came with a large air scoop instead of the previous power blister. There were now 5 side louvers slanted towards the front of the car. The parking break was now in the center console instead of under the dash, and very minor changes were also made to the interior. Other innovations include: four way flashers, directional signals with a lane changing function, larger interior vent ports, and folding seat back latches. On the rear were now twin rounded taillghts, and the back up lights were now relocated to above the license plates. Only this year were the wheels made with a knock off center. 88% of the ’67 vettes were sold with the four speed manual transmission, and a 10% amount had the Powerglide automatic transmission. Hardly any were sold with power brakes, power steering, or air conditioning. The new Vette could reach 60 in 7.8 seconds.
New ’66 models were different for new: plated, cast metal grille with an “egg crate” insert, chrome plated exhaust bezels, spoke styl wheel covers, vinyl covered headliner, and the elimination of roof vents. The side louvers remained, and the new 427 engine came with the power bulge hood. Only 2% of the vettes sold had the 3 speed transmission, while 89 had the four speed manual transmission. 13% had a tilting steering wheel, and 20% had power steering.
New styling was noticable in the new grille, rocker panels, and louvers on the sides near the front fenders. New options also included the side exhaust system, and the telescoping steering wheel. Vettes with the 397 “big block” engine came with a funnel shaped “power blister” air scoop on the hood. The interior was recreated with the influence from airplanes. Chairs were improved for support, and one piece molded door panels were introduced. Four wheel disc brakes were standard, though drum breaks were available for $64.50. Fuel injected was phased out at the end of ’65. Most ‘Vettes were sold with a four-speed manual transmission as well as having tinted glass. Hardly any were sold with air conditioning or power steering. This vette could reach 60 mph in 5.7 seconds.
Like mentioned, the new model now has a solid piece of glass for the rear window instead of the split window style. The fake hood vents were eliminated and the roof vents were innovated. A three speed fan was available to aid in ventilation. Only 3.2% of the ’64 ‘Vettes were sold with the standard three-speed manual transmission. The new L84 engine could reach 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, and had a top speed of 138 mph.
1963 was a major year for remodeling and styling, making the car much more aerodynamic. The new ‘vette now has a split back window to be a “split window fastback”. The rear deck treatment was similar to that of the previous year, but the rest of the car was completely new. The twin side-by-side headlights were hidden inside two electronically controlled panels. There were also storage spaces underneath the seats. For the first time since ’57, the ‘vette had an optional Beige softop. This “Sting Ray” model was named after the racecar the “Mitchell Sting Ray”. This was the only year with the “split window” available. There were new “knock off” wheels, air conditioning (which was very rare), and leather upholestry. The new 377-cid Corvette could reach 60 mph in 5.9 seconds.