1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe
1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe
This 1963 Corvette has only traveled 4,526 miles since it was built new at the St. Louis Mo Corvette assembly plant. Few 20th century automobiles match the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray for sheer emotional impact, especially when presented in such extremely well-preserved condition as this stunning Red-on-Black Split Window Coupe from the Ed Foss Collection.
Corvette evolved through numerous significant improvements in its first 10 years, but with no major revisions to the basic design. While the 1962 models represented the ultimate in Corvette development, the basic frame and fiberglass body panels were altered only incrementally (differed little) from 1953. Then Chevrolet launched the all-new 1963 Corvette Sting Ray and shook the automotive world to its core. The 1963 Corvette Sting Ray was much more than a new Corvette; it was a revolutionary response to the American market’s pent-up demand for a world-class homegrown sports car that combined true high performance with the comforts and conveniences of contemporary production passenger cars. For the first time, the 1963 Corvette convertible was joined by a closed fastback coupe, whose split back window would last but one year and make it one of the most desirable of all Corvettes even today. As aggressively handsome as it was, the Sting Ray’s crisp new styling was but one of many strengths. Engine choices were carried over from the previous year, and the new and more torsionally rigid ladder chassis employed revised front suspension and a completely new independent rear suspension that dramatically improved roadholding. After running a 1963 Corvette Sting Ray coupe through a series of tight S-turns, Road & Track wrote: “Every time through we discovered we could have gone a little faster. We never did find the limit.” Not satisfied even with those significant improvements, engineer Duntov compiled a comprehensive special-performance package, dubbed RPO Z06, that transformed the new 1963 Corvette into a race-ready entrant for both FIA GT and SCCA Production competition. The Sting Ray also satisfied the demand for interior style and comfort, surpassing even some far more expensive European entries with well-designed bucket seats and a host of such available options as tilt and telescopic steering, air conditioning, leather seating and one of the industry’s first FM-capable radios. The New Corvette’s most important endorsement came from the buying public, who drove sales from 1962’s 14,531 units to 21,513 for 1963.
A late-production example built in July 1963, this 1963 Corvette Sting Ray Split Window Coupe retains its factory-original Riverside Red paint, Black standard vinyl interior and RPO L75 327/300 HP small-block V-8, in this case mated to a Muncie M20 4-speed manual transmission. Further optioned with power windows, an AM/FM radio, full-size spinner wheel covers and Firestone Whitewall tires, the car is unrestored and shows just 4,526 original miles. This car has a well-established pedigree that includes winning Bloomington Gold Certification in 1988, followed by an NCRS Regional Top Flight Award in 1989. In keeping with the high standards that are a benchmark of the Ed Foss Collection, this outstanding first-year Sting Ray coupe is offered with ownership history documented by a title search.
– Unrestored with 4,526 original miles – Bloomington Gold certified in 1988 – Regional NCRS Top Flight award in 1989 – Original Riverside Red paint – Original Black standard interior – Late production car built in July 1963 – 327/300 HP V-8 engine – 4-speed transmission – Power windows – AM/FM radio – Spinner wheel covers – Firestone whitewall tires – Ownership history with title search
This Corvette sold for $165,000 August 2015
Source: Mecum Auctions