1963 Corvette Z06 N03
1963 Corvette Z06 N03
This 1963 Corvette Z06 N03 is 1 of 199 total Z06 Corvettes built and 1 of 63 Z06 Corvettes built with the N03 36.5 gallon gas tank. This Corvette has undergone a body off restoration and was Bloomington Gold Silver certified in 2002. The Z06 special performance equipment option consisted of heavy duty finned metallic brakes, special backing plates, cooling fans, air scoops and heavy duty suspension, shocks, springs and sway bar. Seeing a Silver Blue Corvette Z06 is something that you don’t often see, so this particular Corvette may be one of only a few silver blue Z06 Corvettes ever built. Mecum Auctions offered this Corvette and this is what they had to say about it:
This 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Coupe is the ultimate version of the first-year Sting Ray: one of just 199 built with the RPO Z06 Special Performance Equipment package and one of only 63 equipped with the RPO N03 36.5-gallon fuel tank. While the styling and handling of the all-new 1963 Corvette were revolutionary, powertrains carried over unchanged from the previous year, from the base 327/250 HP engine to the Rochester fuel-injected, solid-lifter L84 327/360 HP version. High-performance extras also returned from 1962, including metallic brake linings and Positraction, but a surprise appeared on the newly created Regular Production Option list in the form of the Z06 Special Performance Equipment group, a compendium of all the hot performance components Zora Arkus-Duntov had developed through racing and testing, wrapped up in a single package to create an uncompromising factory race car.
The L84 327/360 HP V-8, a close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission and Positraction were all required for the Z06. Special heavy duty-springs, shocks and a front sway bar replaced the standard pieces to meet the rigors of high-speed competition. However, it was the brakes that were perhaps most important to the Z06’s mission; mounted on ventilated backing plates fed by rubber “elephant-ear” scoops, the Z06’s large cast-iron finned drums contained oversized, segmented, sintered metallic linings, forward self-adjusters and unique 24-blade internal cooling fans. A unique dual-circuit Kelsey-Hayes master cylinder and Delco-Moraine vacuum booster controlled the entire operation.
An oversized 36.5-gallon fuel tank and finned-aluminum knock-off wheels were initially included in the Z06. The “big tank” was dropped in December of 1962 in order to make the Z06 package available in convertibles, which could not accept it. The knock-off wheels were abruptly cancelled when it was discovered that early production units leaked air. At $1,818.45, the Z06 package added nearly half the base price to the Corvette, but for the hardcore racer, it was worth every penny.
This exceptionally rare and valuable 1963 Corvette Z06 was awarded Bloomington Gold Silver Certification in 2002 after a comprehensive frame-off restoration that included finishing it in correct Silver Blue with a Black interior. Optioned with Soft Ray-tinted glass, whitewall tires on finned-aluminum knock-off wheels and an AM/FM radio, this 1963 Z06 “tanker” Corvette is among the most cherished of Corvettes.