Every now and again we discover a truly remarkable Corvette for sale. This 1963 Split-Window Corvette split-window coupe is one such example. This car is an absolute stunner and looks better now than it did when it rolled off the production line in 1963.
This 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window coupe, VIN number 30837S120683, was built on July 27, 1963, and was originally delivered to Nickey Chevrolet in Chicago, Illinois. The car was finished in Ermine White and came equipped with a 327 cubic-inch V8 engine paired to a four-speed manual transmission. Fast forward fifty-nine years, and what you have today is an incredibly rare, incredibly beautiful NUMBERS-MATCHING 1963 Corvette split-window coupe that promises to turn heads and looks, for all intents and purposes, like a brand new car.
Let’s start with the exterior. As stated previously, this car comes finished in Ermine White (936.) While the car was refinished back in the early 2000s, the owner paid close attention to ensuring that every detail of the original car was maintained throughout the process. The Ermine White color is significant in that there were only a limited number of Corvettes finished in that color for the 1963 model year. In addition to the truly remarkable paint on this car, all of the exterior trim is clean, bright, and well maintained. It lacks the pitting and discoloration often found on vintage cars from this era. Even the car’s turbine-style wheels are in remarkably good condition. The wheels are wrapped in Goodyear Integrity whitewall tires.
Moving to the interior, this 1963 Corvette coupe featured black upholstery and carpeting. Both were also redone around the same time as the car’s repaint. Slip behind the car’s three-spoke steering wheel, and you’ll find the car’s beautifully maintained dashboard housing the original gauges, including a 160-mph speedometer, a tachometer with a 6,500-rpm redline, and four auxiliary gauges. The car’s five-digit odometer reports just 18,000 miles, of which approximately 1,000 have been added by the current owner. Unfortunately, there’s no way to verify the car’s actual mileage.
Moving further inwards, the center stack houses the shifter assembly for the car’s four-speed manual transmission, along with the car’s analog clock and vertically mounted radio. All of the metal surfaces are free of blemishes, dirt, or other signs of age. In fact, this is one of the cleanest factory interiors we’ve seen in a sixties-era Corvette in a very long time. Everything, from the seatbelts to the dash trim, appears to be in absolutely beautiful condition, making this car’s interior one of its many, amazing highlights.
Moving beneath the hood we find the car’s beautifully maintained 327 cubic-inch V8 engine. The engine-pad stamping reads 3120683, with the final digits in that sequence matching the end of the car’s chassis number. Additionally, the RE stamping on the right side of the engine pad is consistent with a 1963 Corvette fitted with a 340 horsepower, 327 cubic inch engine, and a four-speed manual transmission. While not featured in this post, the original listing at bringatrailer.com includes photos of the various engine castings and part stampings used to authenticate this Corvette as a numbers-matching car.
The current owner states that the fuel pump was replaced and the engine’s fluids were all changed prior to their acquisition of the car. The current owner has since drained and replaced the car’s fuel, thereby ensuring fresh petrol for a surefire start.
A letter from the National Corvette Restorers Society is included with the sale of this car. The letter confirms the car’s build dates as well as its delivery to Nickey Chevrolet in Chicago, Illinois. This car is currently for sale in British Columbia, Canada, and includes a transferable registration under the seller’s holding company. The seller acquired this car in mid-2021 from a neighbor who had owned it for several years. No reason was provided as to why he was selling it, but all indications are that this is an outstanding example of the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray split-window coupe.
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