1964 Corvette Coupe World's Fair - Show Quality

The 1964 World's Fair Show Corvette

Jerry Heasley Mar 1, 2004 0 Comment(s)
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The original instrument cluster was stolen after the fair and replaced with a '63 unit. The interior is in excellent condition and sports the signature GM-styling, metal-grate floorboard treatment.

"Making the fuel injector stick out of the hood was accomplished by making a new lid for the injector. The doghouse has a tall cover on it, which sticks up and was actually flush with the outer surface of the hood," says Werner. "The engine compartment was done in black crinkle finish, with a lot of chrome. They kind of went crazy on chrome with the thing. We took some liberties under the hood.

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The unique holes in the top of the body were fake, but designed for brake-venting purposes.

"The engine was originally the orange Chevy engine. It was painted silver. It looked like crap, so I asked Mike what he'd like me to do. My preference was to paint it black. So we did it all black because the silver doesn't complement chrome, and the other show cars I'd seen were done in black. I have good photographs of the other cars. I think the silver may have been applied later."

The car has disc brakes, which were not available in 1964. It also has six taillights, but they aren't original Corvette taillights, as they are much wider with a larger-diameter lamp overall. The Corvette emblem in the back is unique, as is the Corvette emblem on the glovebox door.

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The door panels were outfitted with sequential flashing reflectors, an innovative feature in 1964.

On the top of the rear deck, on either side, are simulated brake vents, similar to those used on the early Sting Ray racers. The grille is an egg-crate design, fabricated from aluminum plates. The interior is quite special. The door panels feature three sequential flashing reflectors. High-back bucket seats feature special leather trim. It has cut-pile carpeting instead of the original loop. The weatherstripping is red, and Werner is really proud of the floor grilles. Since show cars are so rare, the chances of finding an unrestored car in such great original condition have to be extremely slim.

"Especially in Candy Apple Red paint," Werner added. "There's so much lacquer. The paint is starting to show some signs of distress, so we spent a lot of time finessing that paint, and we've restuffed the seats and restretched the leather on the console. But it looks like a million bucks."

Show quality, we'd say.


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