For nine years after its introduction in 1953, the Corvette evolved from a relatively mild-mannered two seater, 6-cyclinder sports car to a serious performance machine on and off the track. Then, in 1963 the second generation Corvette, the C2, made a giant leap forward with the new Sting Ray design. This Vette, with its futuristic styling, was the first with full independent suspension, hideaway headlights, a solid hardtop coupe model, and a split rear window. This two-pane rear window design, which was controversial within GM, almost didn’t make it into production. Although the ridge down the center of the fastback partially blocked the driver's rear view, it definitely added style to the new Corvette. Nevertheless, the split window design only lasted one year. In 1964, style gave way to practicality, and the split window was replaced with a one-piece rear glass design. Today, because there are so few 1963 coupes still in existence, it's a real find to run across one. As evidence that these models are highly valued, at a recent auction, one of these unnique cars received a high bid of $80,000. It didn't meet the owner's reserve price, but it's obvious that these cars will only increase in value as time goes by. Features and photos of this iconic Corvette follow.