Corvette Of The Day: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327 Competition Convertible
This 1963 Corvette convertible has been transformed into a formidable racing car with a remarkable track record. It features a race-ready 327ci V8 engine, electronic ignition, tubular headers, aluminum radiator, and a sump cooler, all managed by a control panel switch. The Richmond Super T-10 four-speed manual transmission with a 3.70 Limited-Slip Differential ensures maximum performance, complemented by four-corner disc brakes for control.
Notable attributes include a metal front grille, side exhaust pipes, chrome side mirrors, a black roll bar, hood pins, and fuel injection badging. This Corvette eschews bumpers, a soft top, headlight mechanisms, and side windows to optimize power. It rides on 15″ Halibrand-style wheels with Goodyear semi-slick tires. The cockpit boasts black vinyl, a fixed-back bucket seat, a five-point Simpson harness for the driver, and a four-point harness for the passenger. The instrument panel houses Stewart Warner displays, a 160mph speedometer, and a Jones 9k-rpm tachometer.
This Corvette boasts a rich racing history spanning over three decades, competing in B-Production classes at various events like HMSA, SVRA, and SCCA, as well as the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival, Portland Vintage Racing Festival, and Coronado Speed Festival since 2012. In 2017, it earned the John Fitch Corvette Excellence Award at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.