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From the Peter Klutt Legendary Motorcar Collection
Introduced in late 1962, the Corvette Stingray marked a stylistic and engineering tour de force. Sleek, aggressive, and almost otherworldly, it was relentlessly improved and updated, with some early design studies and prototypes surviving today, including this fascinating example.
According to the NCRS Dealer Code Database, this 1963 Corvette Stingray Roadster was shipped to Ed Rinke Chevrolet in Detroit, where it was sold to GM design executive Paul Gillan, who worked with GM legend Harley Earl and Bill Mitchell, his handpicked successor. Mr. Gillan led Pontiac’s styling during the 1950s, and his designs helped “Bunkie” Knudsen turn the once-stodgy GM division around.
Unique front-fender vents and two-eared wheel spinners differentiate this Stingray from the stock example. It was photographed with Mr. Mitchell and a grouping of Corvettes and concept cars – including the ’59 Stingray and Mako Shark – in front of GM’s Technical Center. Period photographs and a letter on file from Mr. Gillan add to the car’s distinctive history. Equipped with a 327 cid, four-speed power train, the Stingray continues to benefit from restoration. Following its acquisition by Peter Klutt in 2013, it was simply preserved. CCAS Affirmations has certified this Corvette as retaining its original engine and data tag, and, with its excellent heritage, it marks a thrilling Corvette find.