Lot 13
1963 Chevrolet Corvette 'Split-Window' Coupe


CHASSIS NO: 30837S104686

• NCRS and Bloomington Gold® Award winner
• One-year-only production model
• Featured in Vette Vues magazines
• Used as a model for the famous Jim Beam Corvette Decanter

327 cid V-8 engine, 300 HP, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 98"

Designed by GM stylist Larry Shinoda under the guise of Bill Mitchell, the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray featured an aerodynamic wind tunnel-influenced design which had not been seen since the 1930s. This unique look combined with advanced mechanics and superb engineering immediately elevated the status of the car. The lightweight fiberglass body rode on a four-inch shorter wheelbase than previous models, but overall length was nearly the same, giving the car an ultra-sleek appearance. Hidden headlights, hood ventilators, and continuous lines further developed the exciting new look of the ‘63. A new ladder-type frame replaced the X-type, which lowered the car’s center of gravity while greatly improving overall handling. This would also be the first time a Corvette coupe was available, offering a body that was 90 percent firmer than the preceding year’s roadster. Most commonly known for its distinctive split rear window, the uniqueness of the ‘63 easily puts it amongst the most sought-after Corvettes produced.

The Vette offered here is in excellent overall condition and has its own unique history. Originally owned by enthusiast Bill Braun, this car is Gold Certified by the National Corvette Certification Board, meaning that it’s overall originality and condition are judged to be within 95-100% of what it was the day it left the factory. A proven winner, this ‘63 took the Gold Prize at Bloomington in 1986 and proceeded to place first in several other automotive events since then. The car was also featured twice in Vette Vues and was used as the model to create the Jim Beam Corvette Decanter. It is equipped with Chevrolet’s 327 cubic-inch V-8, which gained notoriety for being the first American engine with a higher horsepower figure than the displacement. With a fiberglass body, the ‘63 was indeed an impressive performer, capable of 0-60 in 5.9 seconds and 0-100 mph in 16.5 seconds. While a three-speed manual transmission was standard, this Vette comes with the optional four-speed manual and a Positraction rear end. Clad in the original classic Stingray color of Sebring Silver, this car looks more than worthy of its many first place ribbons. When introduced in 1963, the Stingray proved an instant sales hit, and the popularity and value of these cars will only increase with time.

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