Corvette Of The Day: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Split Window Coupe
In 2016, Jeff Hayes of American Speed Shop in Bloomington, Indiana, crafted a full custom build of a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window coupe, showcasing the enduring appeal of the original Sting Ray design.
The car boasts a professionally fabricated chassis incorporating polished C5 front and C6 rear suspension with 5-way dampened Strange Engineering coilovers. It sports custom Nitto Invo redlines on 18-inch front and 19-inch rear 2016 Z06 wheels, matched with ZR1 6-piston disc brakes for maximum performance.
The GM LS3 engine is enhanced with a Precision Metal Craft fresh-air intake and polished or chromed components, generating an impressive 525 HP. An Eddie Motorsports serpentine system drives the Vintage Air compressor, power steering pump, and alternator. The LS3 is coupled with a Tremec 5-speed transmission, transferring power to a Dana 44 third member with 4.11:1 Richmond gears.
The Corvette’s body flaunts custom Platinum Flake and Pearl paint, while the interior features striking dark red stressed-leather upholstery. Classic Instruments gauges, updated bolstered seats, premium-quality carpeting, billet and carbon fiber accents, NU Relics power windows, and a retrofitted AM/FM stereo with Bluetooth and iPod connectivity enhance the interior.
With serial number 00008, this ’63 split-window retains the essence of Bill Mitchell’s original design while incorporating modern performance and styling elements cherished by Corvette enthusiasts.