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Jane T. Prince, Akron, Ohio (acquired new via Folk Chevrolet, Inc. in October 1963)Randal Birk, Conemaugh, Pennsylvania (acquired from the above in November 1985)Bruce Karlin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (acquired from the above in February 1989)Robert K. Anderson, Boulder, Colorado (acquired in June 2006)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
As Chevrolet’s early Corvette quickly matured, work on its successor commenced in 1957 with the XP-84 Q-Corvette concept. General Motors may have joined the aMa racing ban in 1957, but Bill Mitchell – the company’s successor to legendary styling chief Harley Earl – believed deeply in the value of racing, so much so that he obtained approval to design and build a new racing car on his own time using a surplus Corvette SS frame. Collaborating with GM stylist Larry Shinoda, Mitchell created the radical Stingray roadster, which raced in 1959 and foreshadowed many design cues of the next Corvette.
Debuting in late 1962 and featuring sleek lines and superb engineering, the new Corvette Stingray was a serious sports car, riding on a shorter wheelbase than before and equipped with independent rear suspension courtesy of Zora Arkus-Duntov. Four 327 cid engines were available for 1963, ranging from the basic 250 hp unit to the 300 hp L75, 340 hp L76, and L84 “Fuelie.” Essentially the L84 solid-lifter engine topped by a four-barrel carburetor, the less-expensive L76 was at once powerful, high revving, and more easily tuned and maintained than the vaunted Fuelie.
Powered by the hot 340-hp RPO L76 engine and featuring iconic one-year-only “split-window” styling, this highly original, low-mileage 1963 Corvette Stingray coupe marks an exceptional find for Corvette enthusiasts and collectors alike. It was purchased on October 14, 1963, at Akron, Ohio’s Folk Chevrolet by Mrs. Jane T. Prince, finished in Ermine White over Saddle Tan leather upholstery and equipped for performance with the aforementioned 340 hp RPO L76 engine, Muncie M20 four-speed manual transmission, G80 Posi-Traction rear axle, with 4.11:1 ring and pinion, and G70X15 white sidewall Firestone tires. Mrs. Prince clearly prized her Corvette, using it only sparingly and registering it through 1976. Eventually, Mrs. Prince advertised the Corvette for sale, selling it in November 1985 at 13,530 miles to Randal Birk of Pennsylvania.
The Corvette passed through the hands of several more owners until the consignor, a private collector with a passion for original and unrestored cars, purchased it in 2014. According to the Colorado title document issued to the prior owner, the Corvette had only traveled 13,391 miles by late 2013, representing an incredibly low annual average of 280 miles over its 50-year lifetime at that point! as now offered, this highly original and desirable 1963 split-window Corvette continues to present much as it did when new and is believed to have never been entered into judged concours events. Complete with a copy of the original order form and the Corvette owner’s card and certificate of title that were issued to the original owner, as well as correspondence, title, and sale documents recording its mileage and subsequent history, this 1963 327/340 Corvette will continue to attract and fascinate all who experience it.