1964 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 4-Speed
November 1, 2023 Update – The high bid did not meet the seller’s reserve price of $59,900 and they decided not to move their Corvette to our “Buy Now Make Offer” page. We thank the seller for the opportunity to offer their Corvette and wish them nothing but the best in finding a new owner for their family’s C2.
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GuysWithRides.com proudly offers Lot 281, a driver-quality 1964 Chevrolet Corvette 4-Speed Convertible that’s been in the same family since 1985, with all of the receipts dating back to that time.
Bidding opens on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, and closes at 5:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, November 1, 2023.
This 1964 Corvette currently resides in Princeton, New Jersey.
Our very own Rudy photographed, videotaped, and test-drove this red 1964 Chevrolet Corvette C2 convertible, and here are his impressions of the car:
“In a world full of over-restored Mid-Year Corvettes, this red 1964 C2 327/4-speed Convertible is a refreshing change of pace. Featuring a strong-pulling, mildly warmed-over, non-original 327 cubic inch small block, the car pulls hard and sounds great doing it as the replica side pipes scavenge the engine’s spent gasses. As the video illustrates, the aftermarket Holley carburetor features an electric choke that helps get the engine started even on cold mornings. Featuring a nicely repainted exterior, a new convertible top, and what is believed to be its original black interior, this is a nice driver-quality Corvette you can enjoy with confidence as is or, if desired, update as your time and budget allow over the coming winter months.
The car ran and drove well during my test drive. The tires are over six years old, so the buyer must purchase new tires before serious driving. The original power drum brake setup worked well with no pulling. The car tracked straight driving on state highways and back country roads. I note that the radio and the clock currently do not function.”
The 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible is an iconic American sports car representing a pinnacle of automotive design and performance during the mid-20th century. This model year stands out as a classic in the long and storied history of the Corvette, and it remains a favorite among collectors and enthusiasts for its striking aesthetics, powerful engine options, and spirited driving experience.
One of the most striking features of the 1964 Corvette Convertible is its timeless and elegant design. It retained the distinctive, eye-catching lines that had made the Corvette a legend, with its long, sweeping hood, aggressively flared fenders, and a low-slung profile. The 1964 model year saw the continuation of the C2 generation, often referred to as the “Mid-Year” Corvettes due to their mid-1960s production. This generation introduced a more refined and aerodynamic look than its predecessor while keeping the unmistakable Corvette DNA.
The 1964 Corvette Convertible was available in various vibrant and attractive colors, further enhancing its visual appeal. From the classic Riverside Red to the elegant Silver Blue, buyers could choose from an array of options to suit their personal taste, making each car uniquely express its owner’s style. The Corvette’s signature split rear window, which had been a feature in the 1963 model, was replaced with a one-piece wraparound rear window in 1964. This change improved visibility and contributed to the car’s overall design coherence.
Under the hood, the 1964 Corvette Convertible continued to impress with its powerful engine options. The base engine was a 327 cubic inch V8, which produced 250 horsepower. However, buyers could opt for one of the high-performance engines, such as the 300-horsepower or the top-of-the-line 375-horsepower fuel-injected V8. These engines delivered exhilarating acceleration and a thunderous exhaust note, reinforcing the Corvette’s reputation as a true American muscle car.
The 1964 Corvette Convertible was offered with a range of transmission choices. A 3-speed manual gearbox was standard, but many buyers opted for the 4-speed manual transmission, which added an extra level of engagement and control when shifting through the gears. For those who preferred an automatic transmission, Chevrolet offered the Powerglide automatic, providing a smoother and more comfortable driving experience.
One of the standout features of the 1964 Corvette Convertible was its independent rear suspension, which greatly improved handling and ride comfort compared to earlier models. This advanced suspension system made the car feel more stable in corners, enhancing its overall performance and making it an even more capable sports car.
The interior of the 1964 Corvette Convertible was a blend of sporty and luxurious elements. Bucket seats provided excellent support for the driver and passenger during spirited driving, while the dashboard featured an array of clear, easy-to-read gauges. The classic Corvette steering wheel with a three-spoke design added to the overall sporty feel. Although the focus of the Corvette was on performance, comfort and convenience were not neglected. Air conditioning, power windows, and a modern AM/FM radio were available as options, making the car a more versatile choice for daily use.
The 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible is a prime example of timeless automotive design, performance, and engineering. Its striking appearance, powerful engine options, and advanced suspension system made it stand out among its era’s sports cars. Today, it remains a sought-after classic car, appreciated for its beautiful lines, thrilling performance, and a legacy that embodies the American dream of open-top, high-performance motoring. Whether on the open road or displayed at a car show, the 1964 Corvette Convertible continues to captivate car enthusiasts and collectors alike, reminding us of an era when American muscle cars ruled the highways.
The Trim Tag and VIN of this 1964 Corvette Convertible for sale confirm Chevrolet produced this example on January 28, 1964, at its St. Louis Assembly Plant. Originally a Tuxedo Black equipped with the standard black vinyl interior, 327 cubic inch V8, and a 4-speed manual transmission.
While the car’s first 21 years of owner history are no longer available, the car comes with detailed records since 1985.
In August 1985, the brother-in-law of the seller purchased this 1964 C2 Convertible at the annual Corvettes of Carlisle gathering held that year. He proceeded to keep the car until his death in 2006. His widow proceeded to keep the car in the family until her passing earlier this year when she bequeathed their beloved C2 to her dear sister. In 2016, the family decided to have the car repainted as part of a mild “frame-ON” restoration (the receipt can be found in the picture gallery). The current red paint presents very well, with only a few blemishes noted where the convertible top mates to the tonneau cover. It’s believed the “Stinger” style hood scoop was added during the 2016 repaint. The car also received a replacement white convertible top that remains in excellent condition with a clear plastic rear window.
The engine block stamping of 18N460734 indicates the car’s current engine is a non-matching 327 cubic inch, 2-Bolt main, 275 horsepower V8 produced in 1968. The 4-speed transmission is believed to be original. This Corvette features power drum brakes and non-assisted steering. Topped with a Holley Avenger carburetor and street performance camshaft, this C2 Corvette’s engine starts and runs well once warmed up.
The interior trim, the standard “AA” code black vinyl, is believed to be original to the car. This Corvette features a desirable Wood-style steering wheel and AM/FM radio. Connected to the working factory AM/FM radio are vintage Radio Shack speakers placed behind the car’s bucket seats. (Un)fortunately, the unamplified vintage speakers are no match for the great small block V8 sound emanating from the replica side pipes.
The original wheels and covers are no longer with the car. The seller notes the tires carry date codes from 2014 and, consequently should be replaced. The winning bidder can thus decide whether they want to replace the tires on the current 1980s vintage Appliance aluminum wheels or if they want to revert back to the original style factory Knock-Offs or wheel covers.
The seller reports (see receipts in the picture gallery below) that they recently spent just over six thousand dollars in parts and labor to have a local classic car specialist thoroughly go through the car and address any mechanical or electrical issues. This 1964 Chevrolet Corvette convertible represents a great driver-quality alternative for Midyear enthusiasts looking for an example they can actually drive. Sporting its very presentable repaint, buyers can enjoy either the car as-is or freshen up the interior to bring it in line with the pretty exterior.
To help you make informed bids, we’re providing a link to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides a summary of other recently sold 1964 Chevrolet Corvettes of all body styles and powertrain combinations.
If you have any questions about this 1964 Chevrolet Corvette C2 Convertible for sale, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497. Thank you for looking and happy bidding!