Ermine White w/Saddle interior, 327/375hp, 4-spd. manual transmission.
This 1964 Ermine White coupe was ordered by a lady in Cleveland, Ohio. According to NCRS GM factory data, it was built on June 5, 1964. The original, and NCRS validated window sticker, show it was delivered to Humphrey Central Chevrolet, 7001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio for a total of $6216.85, including $211.15 for new tires (probably Goodyear Blue Streaks) to replace the original WSWs on car. The car came equipped from the factory as one of only 38 1964s with the “NO3”, 36.5 gallon fuel tank option, as well as fuel injection (L84), F40 heavy duty suspension, and metallic lined J65 power brakes. It also came equipped with a leather interior (which is still in place in the car after restoration), power windows, AM/FM radio, and a special 3.08 rear end gear ratio for improved driving range. These features all suggest the car was intended for road rally racing, and early on it was also equipped with 2 chronometers (that will go with the car) soldered onto the speaker grill on top of the dash for accurate timing of the rally legs.
In 1963 Chevrolet offered a “racing” package for the completely redesigned Corvette. The package was developed by Corvette’s legendary lead engineer and racing advocate Zora Arkus-Duntov. The Z06 option was designed to allow consumers to bolster the 1963 “Split-Window” Corvettes performance and handling capabilities for use on the racetrack. If a buyer back in ’63 checked RPO ZO6 on his or her order form, they got a Corvette Coupe with the L84 fuel injected engine, a Muncie M-20 4-spd. manual transmission, a thicker, 24mm (0.94-inch) front stabilizer bar, larger-diameter shock absorbers and springs that essentially doubled the stiffness of the standard components, upgraded brake components, including sintered-metal brake linings, which stood up to heat and resisted wear better than the conventional braking material used at that time and a dual-circuit master cylinder and vacuum brake booster designed to enhance safety and reduce braking effort. And to top it all off, a 36-gallon fiberglass fuel tank was laced behind the seats!
A package like this is very common in today’s high-performance sports car market, but back in ’63, this was virtually unheard of on a production car! So much so, that GM banned any factory offered race package back then and Ford and Chrysler soon followed . . . for the most part.
While RPO ZO6 was technically offered only in ’63, if you knew which parts to order, you could option your ’64 the same way! Like the awesome example offered here . . .
Big Tank. Factory Fuelie.
Numbers matching engine.
Original window sticker.
This is a rare and desirable Corvette, with a documented ownership history (done by Bill Gould at AutoAncestry.com), and the winner of many top awards in the Corvette world. It comes with a large 3 ring binder of receipts, old photos from previous owners, and award documentation.