1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Sting Ray Coupe Survivor RED - RED

Price: - Item location: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Model: Corvette
  • SubModel: Sting Ray Split Window Coupe
  • Type: Coupe
  • Trim: Sting Ray Split Window Coupe
  • Year: 1963
  • Mileage: 162543
  • VIN: 30837S116082
  • Color: Riverside Red
  • Engine size: Small Block 327 CID OHV Carbureted V-8/250 HP
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Power options: See Description & Photos
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: 4-Speed Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Red
  • Drive side: US Standard Left-Hand Drive
  • Safety options: See Description & Photos
  • Options: See Description & Photos
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Want to buy? Contact seller!
Description:

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Split Window Coupe

Uniquely desirable on any level, this 1963 Corvette Sting Ray coupe was the first year of the classic C2 body style as well as a limited one-year-only production of the legendary"split window"double rear window. (Subsequent years have a single, full-width rear window.) This survivor is one of only 10,594 units ever produced. Overall this an excellent representation of factory design, fit and function.

The original 1963 Sting Ray coupe is considered to be one of the most collectible Corvettes of all time because of its unique split rear window design. Surprisingly, many split-window coupes were modified by customizers, some of whom replaced the two smaller individual panes of glass with a one-piece window made of Plexi-glass. Even more shocking is that Chevrolet began offering replacement one-piece windows through its dealerships! As a result, a good many 1963 Corvette coupes lost a considerable amount of their collector value by removing its unique “split window” design feature.

I regretfully list this car for sale, as it has been a cherished road companion for almost 30 years.It is a delightful car to drive, turning heads and soliciting admiring comments/interest wherever I travel. Its’ clean, tidy, and ready to go for use as the ultimate “weekend driver”. However, in its current condition it’s also an excellent candidate for either a full frame-off show restoration OR base for a hot rod/custom modification project. (I’ll leave that to another man/woman’s vision & desire!)

Don’t let this opportunity to own one of the most iconic and recognizable Corvettes ever built slip away!

Please make certain to ask any/all questions, as well as have all funds ready/available prior to bidding on this beauty. The car is located in suburban Chicago and can be made available for scheduled viewing and/or professional inspection. Please coordinate this BEFORE bidding is complete. No exceptions.

Contact seller at (312) 755-4776 if you have questions or need additional photos prior to bidding.

1963 Corvette Sting Ray “Split Window” Coupe Details/Comments

·One owner since 1989 (29 years) & exclusively serviced/maintained by D&M Corvette of Downers Grove, IL. (Chevrolet had D&M fully restore the oldest existing Corvette for them. They are experts in classic Corvette maintenance, repair & restoration.)

·Car has never been restored or modified. (It was repainted once, prior to current owner’s purchase in 1989 from Mershon’s Corvette of Springfield OH.)

·Car has always been stored in a fully enclosed garage and used at most as a “weekend driver”. (2,585 miles/year average during ownership.)

·This car runs and drives very well, and also features many original and correct parts. Shifts smoothly through all four forward gears & reverse.

·Newly serviced & tuned up by D&M Corvette (May 2018, 150+/- miles driven since.)

·Paint is “weekend driver” driver quality, showing some age/wear & scratches/dings with a few touch-ups, but still looks great from a few feet away and generally shows well from street side.

·There is some light fiberglass damage/patched cracks at both the driver's and passenger's front wheel well edges.

· Steel headlight buckets are in working condition (serviced in May)

·All lights work (headlights – low & high beams, tail lights, brake lights, turn signals.

·New tires (installed in May, with 150+/- miles) with correct style standard hubcaps, in good original condition.

·Original spare tire holder.

·Original vinyl seats including seat belts. (Seat belts were anoptionalitem in 1963 !!!)

·Original interior appointments & carpeting. (See notes on carpeting below.)

·Original aluminum center shifter console, original dashboard and gauges (unique to 1963).Dashboard clock face is original, but mechanism is modern.

·Manual roll-down windows.

·Original jack & rear/behind seats storage panel.

·Working AM/FM push-button radio. (speaker replaced with new to match original spec/original will be provided as a loose part)

·NO air-conditioning. (I believe it was an option that came on line/available after this car was assembled)

·Original gas tank replaced – factory build sheet was destroyed by age/wear & unable to be saved

·The engine compartment is nice and clean.

·Original ignition shielding included.

·Proper radiator, Harrison overflow tank.

·Non-original 1963 Corvette block, re-bored/re-built in 2000 & casting re-stamped to match vehicle’s original block number. (For restoration purposes only – this is NOT a true “matching numbers” block.)

·Cast head/valve covers are for/from a 1963 Corvette 340 HP carbureted or 360 HP fuel-injected block.

SEE PHOTOS FOR DETAILS OF CAR CONDITION & WHAT YOU ARE BIDDING ON/WILL RECEIVE

MAINTENANCE NEEDED ITEMS
In the spirit of “full disclosure” I would like to point out the following items that could require new owner maintenance at some point.(Car
minimum price has been adjusted accordingly.)

· Body has miscellaneous scratches/surface imperfections as to be expected of a “weekend driver”

· Passenger rear bumper chrome is flaking off/rusting

· Tachometer needs to be serviced/repaired (all other gauges are in working order)

· Console pad between seats is torn

· Glove compartment door is cracked along bottom edge (still fully functional)

· Interior carpet at passenger seat foot-well side has unraveled, rear compartment carpet shows some wear

· The washer pump will not disperse washer fluid (a common issue for 98% of 1963 Corvettes)

· Paint on hood & coupe top/rear is faded/worn

· Frame/undercarriage has some rust & has had welded frame patches/repairs (by D&M Corvette)

· Window support columns & door hinge/surrounds show some deterioration (both sides)

Payment Notes:

  • Initial Payment of $1,000 required within 24 hours of auction end. (Applied to final payment total.)
  • Balance must be fully paid within seven calendar days (Certified Bank Cashier’s Check or Money Order ONLY)
  • Buyer responsible for pick up or shipping from suburban Chicago, IL ONLY after full payment has been received and cleared. NO shipping prep/cost provided by Seller.
  • Sale/bid does NOT include Title, License, Registration Fees, State or Local Taxes or Processing Fees, if any are applicable to bidder’s circumstance.
  • If for ANY reason the Winning Bidder does not pay in full within the specified time frame, the Initial Payment will be forfeited to the Seller.

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette Sting Ray
Body Type: 2 Door Coupe
Sub Model: Split Window
Year: 1963
VIN: 30837S116082
Build Date: May 1963
Style: 63 837
Trim: 490C
Body: 8366
Paint: 923A
Mileage: 162,543 (2,955 miles/year) – Current odometer reads 62,544, as it has “rolled over” once.
Number of Cylinders: 8
Transmission: 4-Speed Manual
Exterior Color: Riverside Red
Interior Color: Red
Engine: Small Block 327 CID OHV Carbureted V-8/250 HP
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Drive Side: Left-Hand Drive (US Standard)
Drive Type: Rear Wheel Drive with Positraction
For Sale By: Owner
Vehicle Title: Clear
Warranty: Vehicle is offered “as is” with no warranties or guaranties expressed or implied.