2023 |Estate of Mark Smith Auction
1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/340 RoadsterRegister to Bid
$70,000 - $90,000| Without Reserve
A Lovely Roadster from the First Year of C2 Corvette Production
Desirably Equipped with the RPO L76 Engine
Highly Original Condition and Showing Just 54,520 Miles when Catalogued
327 CID RPO L76 V-8 Engine
Single Carter 4-Barrel Carburetor
340 BHP at 6,000 RPM
4-Speed Muncie M20 Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front Independent Coil-Spring Suspension
Rear Independent Suspension with Transverse Leaf Spring
Of all Corvettes, and classic sports cars for that matter, the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray is a true must-have for serious automobile collectors and enthusiasts. While the 1963 debut of the C2 is best known for the launch of the first Corvette coupe, affectionately known as the split-window, Chevrolet continued to offer the Corvette in roadster form, as it had since 1953.
This highly desirable roadster is powered by the RPO (Regular Production Option) L76 327 cid V-8 engine, factory rated at 340 hp – second only to the exotic and expensive L84 fuel-injected unit – and mated to a Muncie M20 four-speed manual gearbox. It was purchased by Mark Smith from a dealer in Minnesota circa 2019, and the advertisement on file from that sale indicates that this Corvette retained its original interior, soft top, hardtop, and much of its original paint.
Now showing just 54,520 miles at the time of cataloguing, the Corvette presents very well, and is attractive in its dark blue over blue color combination, which corresponds to its fitted trim tag. With its high-specification engine and well-kept cosmetics, this 1963 Roadster should demand serious attention from Corvette collectors.
*Please note that this Lot, like all vehicles in this Auction, has been in long-term static storage and may not be currently operational. It will require mechanical attention prior to any road use.
Gooding & Company presents and conducts the Estate of Mark Smith Auction under the authority of John J. Rendemonti, Executor of the Estate of Mark J. Smith, duly appointed by the Circuit Court of the State of New Hampshire, Probate Division, Case Number 312-2022-ET-00072. The Estate has compiled available title and/or registration paperwork for the Vehicles offered in the Auction and will provide such paperwork to the Buyer if it is available. However, as set forth more fully in the Conditions of Sale, neither the Estate nor Gooding makes any representation or warranty with respect to any existing certificate of title or registration with regard to any Lot in the Auction. Any Lot may be sold on a Bill of Sale. By participating in this Auction, all bidders and buyers recognize that Estate and Gooding have expressly disclaimed all such warranties concerning the availability or sufficiency of any title or registration documentation.