Lot 147

2016   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2016

1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/340 Split-Window Coupe

SOLD $110,000


$120,000 - $150,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

Iconic Split-Window Design
Ideally Preserved, Unrestored Example with 60,000 Documented Miles
NCRS Top Flight and Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals Heritage Award Winner
Desirably Optioned and Impressively Documented
Offered with Window Sticker, Owner’s Manual, Protect-O-Plate, and 1963 Brochure

Technical Specs

327 CID OHV V-8 Engine
Single 4-Barrel Carter Carburetor
340 BHP at 6,000 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note that the sale of this car is accompanied by a Protection Plan book, not the Protect-O-Plate noted in the catalogue.

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Corvette unveiled a radical new fastback for 1963, a car based on two stunning GM concept cars: Zora Arkus-Duntov’s 1957 Q-Corvette and Bill Mitchell’s 1959 Sting Ray Racer designed by Peter Brock. This fantastic original example of a first-year Sting Ray Coupe features all of Corvette’s innovations for 1963, including an all-new chassis design, independent rear suspension, and the one-year-only split rear window – features that combine to make the 1963 Corvette an enduring icon of American automotive design.

Delivered new to Hugh White Chevrolet in Columbus, Ohio, this Corvette was factory-equipped with the M20 four-speed gearbox and the desirable solid-lifter L76 340 bhp V-8. It was considered by many Corvette aficionados to be the best-running engine of the 1963 offerings. Finished in elegant Saddle Tan, it was generously optioned with a Posi-Traction rear axle, sintered metallic brakes, whitewall tires, power windows, AM/FM radio, and rare leather upholstery.

Retained for 22 years by its original owner, the car was subsequently acquired by a marque enthusiast and presented at various Corvette events, where it earned two National Corvette Restorers Society Top Flight Awards and the Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals Heritage Award. It is a documented and unrestored survivor. Spectacularly preserved and still showing many of its original inspection and job number markings, this car is a fascinating example of the important and influential Split-Window Sting Ray.