LIMA — Paul Whittington, of Lima, owns this 1964 Chevy Corvette. He has owned the car for five years.
Whittington’s beauty features a fuel-injected 327/375 horsepower engine, making the car one of the rare finds among 1964 Corvettes. There were only 22,229 total Corvettes produced during the 1964 model year, and only 1,325 of those featured the fuel-injected 327 V-8, like Whittington’s.
Chevrolet was riding high on the success of its sports car in 1964, advertising its better-than-ever ride quality, styling and interior comfort. The company had taken away the split window design of the 1963 model year, creating a wide back window to view what the driver had left in the dust.
Chevy advertising executives went so far as to mock European sports cars in competition to their Corvette. “Can a sports car from the wrong side of the ocean make good?”
Chevrolet goes on to list the high performance engine of the Corvette along with the comforts of a passenger car and the availability of parts to show the perks of their sports car.
“Obviously, there’s an ocean of difference between Corvette and other sports cars. And we wouldn’t trade places with anybody … Chevrolet Division of General Motors, Detroit, Mich.”
Whittington has the original paperwork on his car, meaning the dealer sales contract, paid receipt, etc. He also has titles with some big-time Corvette enthusiasts as past owners, including Gene Schiavono, owner of the No. 1 Penske Corvette Grand Sport, and Bob Gold, founder of Bloomington Gold.
Now that’s a car worth keeping.