Dan Allven’s New Corvette

The driver who I will be navigating for at in the 2017 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique, Dan Allven, has just bought a new car – not for the rally, but for just for the pleasure of driving around Monaco and the southern France countryside.   The car that he bought was a 1964 Corvette coupe, are very well-recognized classic Corvette.  I guess if you are going to drive around Monaco and southern France, then you might as well drive around in style.

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Dan Allven’s 1964 Corvette Coupe

One thing that makes this car a little unusual is that Dan bought it from a seller in Sweden.  I suspect that there are not many mid-1960s Corvettes in Sweden.  While a Swedish car might alarm some people due to the winter weather, evidently this car spent years in California and appears to be in good condition.

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The Unforgetable Profile Of The C2 Corvette Coupe

Corvette’s have always been known for their performance.  In 1964 there were five different versions of the 327 cubic inch V8 engine available:

  • 327 V8 250 HP
  • 327 L75 V8 300 HP
  • 327 L79 V8 350 HP
  • 327 L76 V8 365 HP
  • 327 L84 (fuel injected) V8 375 HP

It is my understanding that Dan’s car was originally fitted with the L75 327 cubic inch engine, but while Dan has that original engine, it is not currently fitted in the Corvette, but rather it has been replaced with a modern 350 cubic inch V8 engine to save on wear on the original engine.

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The Lines Of The Corvette Are Excellent

The 1964 Corvette coupe came out the year after the legendary 1963 “split window” Corvette coupe. The 1963 split window design was very controversial. Zora Arkus-Duntov,  Corvette’s top engineer, strongly disliked the split window design.  Arkus-Duntov, who was a racer at his core, thought that the central split window frame would hinder rear visibility.  On the other side was General Motors’ design chief, Bill Mitchell, who was determined to keep it. When Arkus-Duntov said he would not accept the split-window design, Mitchell threatened to eliminate Arkus-Duntov’s plan for an independent rear suspension on the new Corvette.  In the end, Ed Cole, head of G.M.’s car and truck operations, settled the argument between these two powerful men by deciding that the split window would stay — but only for one year.  That is why the split window design is only found on the 1963 Corvette and is gone on Dan’s 1964 Corvette.

From January 1964 to 1967, Chevrolet contracted with A. O. Smith Company to begin duplicate body assembly at a Dow-Smith plant in Ionia, Michigan. These completely painted and trimmed bodies were shipped to the Corvette assembly plant in St. Louis to be integrated with the St. Louis produced bodies.  Dan’s Corvette has an A. O. Smith body.

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The Corvette Interior Is Very Functional

Dan’s Corvette is fitted with a 2-speed Powerglide automatic transmission which was the standard General Motors automatic transmission.  This will make the car a good driver.

I have had some personal experience with Corvette coupes.  I had the privilege to be the co-piloto in Mexico’s La Carrera Panamericana in a Corvette coupe.  Rob Stuart, then from Colorado, was the driver.  This Corvette was quite a performer.  On the first day of the we were third in our class, despite that being Rob’s first stage rallying day and this was the first time out for this newly built car.  This car is shown below just before the start of La Carrera Panamericana.

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“Before” Picture Of Rob Stuart’s Corvette At La Carrera Panamericana

The second day did not go so well for us.  We had quite an accident on the second day.  We hit a tree near the end of a mountain stage.  This caused the car to immediately burst into flames and we subsequently rolled many times before stopping in a farmer’s field.  The car ended up being upside down and completely engulfed in flames.  We barely escaped from the burning car.  In the end we both had second-degree burns and spent some time in a rural Mexican hospital.  Our burned out Corvette is shown below.  It was quite a fire, partially due to the fiberglass body on the Corvette.

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“After” Picture Following Our Accident

There is always something special about a Corvette and certainly Dan’s coupe is a very nice car.

If you have any comments or questions about the Corvette or this post, then leave a comment below or you can send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net

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