LIMA — Paul Whittington, of Lima, brought his 1964 Chevrolet Corvette to the Westgate Charity Car Show. He had just won a trophy for this beauty in Bath Township the day prior to the Westgate Charity Car Show.
“It was kind of my last hurrah for 2021,” said Whittington.
He should know a lot about Corvettes, as he has owned quite a few.
“As a kid I never had a car. When I graduated from college in 1967, I wanted a Corvette. I bought my first one in 1975 and have had five C-2’s (second generation Corvette),” said Whittington.
Chevrolet first produced its sports car in 1953 as an answer to the British sports cars craze. They dubbed it “America’s Sports Car.” The Corvette, known as the ‘Vette,’ is a two-door, two-passenger sports car produced by Chevrolet over more than 60 years of production. There have been eight design generations. The light-weight, fiberglass car included a front-engine from 1953 to 2019.
Whittington’s 1964 Chevy Corvette features a rare motor, a fuel-injected 327 V-8.
“It’s the largest horsepower for 1964,” said Whittington.
The 1964 Corvette Sting Ray was loved by critics and consumers. There were virtually little to no criticisms of the car. The car received some minor styling changes compared to 1963. One of the most notable changes involved abandoning the split-window design that was featured in 1963. Designers replaced the rear window with a single piece of glass. Other enhancements included more sound insulation inside the car.
What initially made the ‘Vette so popular was the affordable price. It wasn’t as cheap as many other cars, but it wasn’t out of the realm of possibilities to own one. It was a realistic sports car that people could set their sights on obtaining.
Also helping sales was when the Corvette became a star in a popular 1960s television show, Route 66. The Chevrolet Corvette became one of America’s favorite cars.
Whittington favored the interior in this 1964 Chevy Corvette Sting Ray.
“I like the red interior, so that is why I bought it,” said Whittington.