Lot 110

2021   |   Pebble Beach Auctions

1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/340 Split-Window Coupe

From The Neil Peart Collection


$150,000 - $180,000| Without Reserve




3109652 F0212RE

Car Highlights

Historic First-Year, Second-Generation Corvette
Iconic 1963-Only Split Rear Window Body Design
Desirable RPO L76 Engine with Four-Speed Manual Gearbox
Show-Quality Example with Frame-Off Restoration in 2005
Accompanied by NCRS and Restoration Paperwork
Part of Neil Peart’s “Silver Surfer” Collection Since 2011

Technical Specs

327 CID RPO L76 V-8 Engine
Single Carter Four-Barrel Carburetor
340 HP 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
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Garth Hammers

Of all Corvettes, and classic sports cars for that matter, the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray Coupe, with the one-year-only split rear window design, is a true must-have for every serious automobile collector and enthusiast. Part of Neil Peart’s “Silver Surfer” Collection, this highly desirable example is powered by the RPO (Regular Production Option) L76 327 cid V-8 engine, factory rated at 340 hp and second only to the exotic and expensive L84 fuel-injected unit, mated to a Muncie M20 four-speed manual gearbox. According to the NCRS shipping data report corresponding to this Corvette, it was completed on February 27, 1963, and delivered to Betts Chevrolet in Poquoson, Virginia, for eventual sale.

By the 2000s, this highly equipped 1963 Corvette Split-Window Coupe was under the care of Walter Abela of Michigan, who undertook a painstaking and detailed body-off-frame restoration during the mid-2000s. Dozens of parts receipts and work orders on file with the Corvette silently document the totality of its restoration, which included a full rebuild of the potent 340 hp RPO L76 engine. In September 2011, the Corvette was acquired by Neil Peart and has since been professionally maintained and serviced under his ownership. Strikingly finished in Sebring Silver over red vinyl upholstery, the Corvette is equipped with a AM radio and includes a roadside jack and car cover, plus a dossier containing restoration documents, technical information, the NCRS shipping data report, purchase paperwork, and a 1963 Corvette owner’s guide.