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1964 Chevrolet Corvette, Riverside Red
1964 Corvette
Year 1964People were still catching their breath after the amazing changes in the 1963 Corvette, so updates for 1964 were minimal. The biggest development was the elimination of the split rear window.

Below Left: Even those who advocated the split window concept admitted that it had drawbacks. Confirming that opinion were the many owners of 1963 Corvettes who proceeded to install the single rear window as soon as the parts became available.

1964 Corvette - one piece rear window 1964 Corvette hood
Above right: Also gone for 1964 were the fake hood vents. The hood indentations remained however although word is that the 1963 faux vents will not fit on the 1964 hood. Perhaps GM figured that the incredible performance the Corvette offered made enough of a statement.

Another change was the added functionality of the air outlet to the right of the driver's door on the coupe. For 1963 they were closed off, represented by a small indentation. A small fan was added to boost airflow but it was only minimally effective and the whole idea was dropped by 1966. Updated body mounting methods and other changes improved interior noise. The overall build quality, long a legitimate Corvette complaint, was improved.

1964 Corvette - Brochure image
GM brochure courtesy Skip Marketti of The Nethercutt Collection

There were engine improvements for 1964. The base motor (250 hp) and the upgrade L75 mill (300 hp) were unchanged but the L76 went to 365 hp (previously 340 hp) and the top dog L84 fuel injected model was now 375 hp, up from 360 hp due to revised heads, camshaft and bigger valves. All 1964 motors were 327 cubic inchers.
1964 Corvette convertible storage 1964 Corvette four speed transmission
Above left: The Corvette had not had a conventional trunk since 1962. The coupe did have a fair amount of storage space and so did the convertible - as long as the top was up! A popular way to go for ragtop Corvette owners was to remove the soft top completely and take long trips with a hardtop. The hardtop could be removed easily and stowed (in a hotel room, for example) when open motoring was the way to go. Right: A new M20 four speed manual transmission. Built in Muncie IN. and a mid-year update in 1963, the "Muncie four speed" was a welcomed improvement.

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1964 Corvette, STK # 1123
Price: $29,995 obo
Exterior: Red
Interior: Black
Miles: 79,793

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It is rare to see a 1964 Chevrolet Corvette made into a hot rod but here it is. With only 300 miles on a rebuilt Chevy 355ci V8 paired with a Doug Nash 5 speed manual transmission into a 3 (more)

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A replacement for the conventional points / condenser system arrived in the form of a transistorized ignition system available as RPO K66.

The Z06 may not have been available as a package in 1964 but close examination of the order form revealed that most of the parts were. Competition brakes were available as RPO J56 and featured cerametalix linings, drum cooling fans, finned drums cooling ducting and a special power assist dual action master cylinder. A heavy duty suspension (RPO F40) featured stiffer springs and shocks and a thicker front stabilizer bar.

1964 Corvette
1964 Corvette: Official GM Photo.
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Topic: 1964 Corvette Part One
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The Corvette Story says...
Probably the reason why you have a 1965 motor in your 1964 Corvette is that \"back in the day\" somebody blew the motor up. They decided to put in a remanufactured engine instead of rebuilding the blown up engine because that was the quicker, easier and cheapest solution. Happened often in those days. See part IV of our buying tips article for more information.
16th March 2015 9:37pm
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Harmon Biehl says...
Hi!, I have a 1964 Corvette coupe and it has been stored for 20 years in Pennsylvania and then stored 18 years in Alabama. I purchased the car from a well known broker the family contracted to sell the car that says the car is 100 percent stock except for the original looking radio and the 327/350 hp motor, and the Mallory DPD. This car is one of the last 64 Corvettes built and am wondering why a 1965 motor is put into the car. I like the car just as it is but would like an answer to that ... Read More
16th March 2015 6:41am
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