Actual Wheels: ‘64 Corvette’s type fits proprietor

LIMA – The Beatles came to the United States in 1964 and completed “The Biggest Explosion in Rock and Roll History,” according to Rolling Stone Magazine. Despite being an ocean apart from America, the English captured the hearts of Americans with their music and their hippie lifestyle.

Chevrolet’s 1964 Corvette achieved roughly the same thing that year. The print advertisement for the Vette from 1964 read: “The Corvette Stingray has prevailed. Now it’s pretty much the most popular sports car sold in America. Regardless of the price. Or which side of the ocean it came from. “

Ken Payne of Lima brought his 1964 Chevrolet Corvette to the Car Cruise-In in downtown Lima. He has owned it since 2004.

His’ Vette has both a soft top and a hard top.

“I’ve always wanted a Corvette with this body shape,” says Payne.

The 1963 Chevy Corvette had amazing success, and the 1964 model year was just as popular. Why mess with a good cause? So, for the most part, the 1964 Vette would continue with the design features that had made the 1963 model so successful. One change was the removal of the split window in the background. The split window was replaced with clear glass for the 1964 model year.

Payne’s beauty includes a 327 engine, 365 hp with a four-speed manual transmission.

Although he’s always wanted a Corvette, he doesn’t drive it that much.

“It only has 40,000 miles on it. It is stored in winter. I probably don’t drive more than 100 km a year. I just drive it around town, ”Payne said.

Payne can be selective about which vehicle he drives as he also owns a 1969 Chevy Corvette, 1969 Chevy Camaro, and 1955 Ford pickup.

“Whatever mood I’m in, I drive,” said Payne.

Payne’s beauty includes a 327 engine, 365 hp with a four-speed manual transmission.

Ken Payne of Lima brought his 1964 Chevrolet Corvette to the Car Cruise-In in downtown Lima. He’s had it since 2004. “I’ve always wanted a Corvette with this body shape,” says Payne.