1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Chevrolet Corvette

1963 Chevrolet Corvette

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The 1967 Corvette is considered the most-loved Corvette ever produced. The combination of classic C2 styling, along with an incredible array of powertrain and comfort options, makes it one of the most desirable Corvettes ever. Not bad for a car that was never supposed to be made!

Classic Car Overview

After 11 model years of the cars first-generation, during which it transformed from an underpowered boulevard cruiser with no roll-up windows or exterior door handles to a proper two-seat sports car that could hold its own with its competition, Chevrolet surprised the automotive world with the cars next generation in 1963. Nineteen sixty-three was the first model year of Corvette available as a coupe or a convertible. This example, like all Corvettes made between 1954 and mid-1981, was manufactured in Chevrolets St. Louis, Missouri factory (VIN code S). The current owner has meticulously maintained this car and it hails from an impressive collection of American Muscle and classic cars. It underwent a frame-off restoration from late 1990 to early 1993 and almost $73,000 has been invested in this rebuild. This restoration adhered to NCRSs judging guide and achieved Top Flight qualifications at chapter (96.3 points), regional (95.4 points) and national (96.1 points) levels. It comprised a complete engine, transmission and differential rebuild; a complete repaint; and a full interior refurbishment, including carpet and seat covers, gauges and clock, shifter, seat belts, radio and steering column. This car has covered just over 6,000 miles since the restoration and has been maintained against current NCRS judging standards to ensure it remains stock. The car was stripped and repainted in 1993; the front clip and left rear quarter panel were replaced with press-molded fiberglass. The cars convertible top was replaced in October 2022 and the engine bay was refreshed in August 2023. Dressed in Silver Blue (code 912), this curvaceous droptop still turns heads more than 60 years after it left the assembly line. This examples paint and trim are in overall very good condition. The white vinyl convertible top operates without issues and all panels function correctly during the roof-up and roof-down process. This model year also marked the first year for the cars hidden or pop-up headlights, which it would retain through the 2004 model year. This Vette rolls on whitewall bias tires mounted on 15-inch steel wheels, topped with factory hub caps. The tires and wheels are all in very good order. Stopping power is provided by four-wheel drum brakes. Under the forward-hinged hood is a rebuilt Turbo-Fire 327 CID V-8 engine breathing through dual exhausts and backed by a Muncie four-speed manual transmission. Driver convenience features include power steering. Inside, the cars pristine black vinyl interior (code STD). The new vinyl bucket seat covers look great and that appearance extends to the new carpet, inner door panels, dashboard and three-spoke steering wheel. Overall, the interior is in excellent order, showing just minimal signs of wear. The crank windows work seamlessly. The gauges, shifter, seat belts, clock, AM/FM radio and steering column are all rebuilt and restored. The glove box door has been replaced. All interior lights, gauges and other items work well. The Muncie shifter glides between gears and the clutch is excellent. Odometer at time of restoration was 47,275; vehicle has racked up 6,110 miles since frame-off restoration was completed in 1993. The 1963 Corvette Sting Ray not only had a new design but also newfound handling prowess. The Sting Ray was also a somewhat lighter Corvette, so acceleration improved despite unchanged horsepower. For the 1963 model year, 21,513 units would be built, which was up 50 percent from the record-setting 1962 version. Production was divided almost evenly between the convertible and the new coupe 10,919 and 10,594, respectively and more than half the convertibles were ordered with the optional lift-off hardtop. Nevertheless, the coupe wouldnt sell as well again throughout the Sting Ray years. The closed Corvette did not outsell the open one until 1969, by which time the coupe came with a T-top featuring removable roof panels. Equipment installations for 1963 began reflecting the markets demand for more civility in sporting cars. The power brake option went into 15 percent of production; power steering into 12 percent. On the other hand, only 278 buyers specified the $421.80 air conditioning; leather upholstery a mere $80.70 was ordered on only 1,114 cars. The cast aluminum knock-off wheels, manufactured for Chevy by Kelsey-Hayes, cost $322.80 a set, but few buyers checked off that option. However, almost 18,000 Sting Rays left St. Louis with the four-speed manual gearbox better than four out of every five. Competition to this Corvette in 1963 included Aston Martins DB5, Ferraris 250 GT California Spyder, Jaguars E-Type, Shelbys Cobra, VIN: 30867S115574 This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 53,385 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!! Note: Please see full terms and conditions listed below that pertain to the purchase of any said vehicle, thank you.

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    American Classics
  • Body Style
  • New/Used
  • Mileage
    53,000 miles
  • Engine
    Rebuilt Turbo-Fire 327 CID V-8
  • Transmission
    Rebuilt Muncie four-speed manual transmission

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