FOR SALE: A Numbers-Matching 1963 Split-Window Corvette Coupe
We’re pleased to present another example of the 1963 Split-Window Corvette that we discovered online. While we tend to bring you examples of this iconic Corvette -especially because it really is one of the “Greatest Of All Time” – we think you’ll agree that this example is exceptional.
This 1963 Split-Window Corvette is a Triple-Crown winning, numbers matching coupe equipped with a327 cubic inch, L76 V8 engine which produces 340 horsepower. That power is transferred to the rear axle via the original Borg Warner T10 four-speed manual transmission. The rear axle is equipped with a posi-traction differential and 3.70 gears.
While the numbers-matching specifications alone add considerable value to this 1963 Corvette, what makes this Corvette a truly remarkable example of its era is the incredibly detailed, ground-up restoration that this car received. Sticking with the powertrain for a moment, this entire setup shows “better-than-new” and, upon examination, has been meticulously put together to absolute perfection. While it’s true that we’ve only seen pictures of the car online, we know that the team at RK Motors of Charlotte, North Carolina had built a solid reputation of quality by selling the absolute best examples of any vehicle in their collection.
Moving to the car’s exterior, this 1963 Corvette features a flawless Daytona Blue paint, which is the correct paint color for this car. The finish is beautiful, presenting with a mirror-like shine that enhances the chrome accents throughout. The chrome bumpers, grills on the hood, window trim and wiper arms, the kickplates and even the various emblems are all correct and all appear to be flawless. Where aged chrome can show wear in the form of dings, dents, a faded finish, etc., this car’s trim all appears to be pristine. Even the taillights and the chrome exhaust tips look brand new, as though this car just rolled off the factory floor.
This 1963 Split-Window Corvette rides on four 15-inch turbine-style wheels wrapped in white-walled Firestone rubber that precisely matches the OEM look of this car. Like the rest of this car, the wheels and their central spinner caps are pristine and beautifully compliment the rest of the car.
Turning to the interior, this 1963 Corvette features the correct dark blue vinyl upholstery and carpeting…and while the exterior of this car looks immaculate, the interior – which often looks “good” on so many restorations – is a thing of absolute beauty on this Corvette. The seats (as well as the rest of the interior) look as though they’ve never been sat on. Their beautifully restored surfaces look brand new. The same can really be said for everything else in this two-seat cockpit. The gauges on the dashboard, finished in black with brushed aluminum centers, look out upon the driver through an absolutely transparent plastic casing that shows no indication of yellowing or wear from age. Each of the gauges faces are bright and clean, and the chrome trim around each shines like new.
One interesting point of note, though we cannot confirm the actual mileage on this Corvette, is that the odometer on this car indicated just 1,705 miles (at the time of this listing.) We note this as RK Motors made a point of including this information in both the Ebay listing as well as in the images shared on their website, but we’d encourage any prospective buyers to verify the mileage if that’s a discerning factor of purchase.
Moving to the car’s center console, the four-speed shifter is framed beautifully by the cascading center console and an aluminum-finished trim plate that features the factory shift-pattern plate just below the shifter assembly. All of these components – from the clock, the temp/climate control knobs, the vertically mounted radio to the various trim/accents throughout – seem to be in near-perfect to perfect condition.
The rest of the interior, including the door trim, the driver and passenger carpeting as well as the rear storage area behind the seats all show an incredible attention to detail. While many restored interiors show well on classic Corvettes, this example looks as though every-inch of the car gone over carefully to ensure that the proper care was given to make this entire interior showroom quality. From the stitching, to the condition of the carpeting, to the finish on each of the door handles, window turn-handles, etc., this interior is utterly stunning.
Under other circumstances, we’d plan an overnight trip to RK Motors to go inspect this Corvette, along with other examples of their collection. However, in a post COVID-19 world, such travel is limited at the moment. That said, we are still confident that you’ll find few example of the 1963 Corvette as nice as this one.
Here’s why we can say that with such confidence:
As mentioned above, this 1963 Corvette coupe has achieved the Triple Crown Registry Triple Crown Award. What does that mean? The Triple Crown Award is reserved for the best of the best in the Corvette community. To win the Triple Crown, the Corvette must first have earned the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) Top Flight Certification and the Bloomington Gold Certification. Once these two awards have been earned, the Corvette may register for both the Gold Spinner Concours Award the coveted Triple Crown. If the car meets the stringent requirements in the areas of originality, condition and attention to detail to earn the Gold Spinner Awared, it simultaneously receives the Triple Crown as well.
This 1963 Corvette has earned all of these awards. It has been award NCRS Top Flight honors, the Bloomington Gold honors, it was awarded Chevy/Vettefest Gold Spinner honors and is one of a select group of Corvettes that has the coveted Triple Crown award honors. For anyone who has been part of the Corvette community in any sort of meaningful way, these awards state unequivocally that this Corvette commands the attention and respect of the automotive community because it is, in the words of Viper from the movie TOP GUN: “the elite – the best of the best.”
Of course, finding a numbers-matching 1963 Split-Window Corvette Coupe in this condition with this level of quality restoration doesn’t come cheap. This Corvette is priced to sell to the right collector, but it will set any future owner back a cool $159,900 to take it home. While re recognize that this is appreciably more than even the new C8 mid-engine Corvette, consider that the pricetag gains you access to one of the most iconic Corvettes ever built. More than that, this Corvette is one of an increasingly rare and highly sought-after breed: a numbers-matching 1963 Split-Window Corvette. For our money, it makes this a very worthwhile investment, and allows a future-owner access to one of the greatest Corvettes ever produced.
It is worth noting that in addition to the car, the future owner will receive all of the documentation associated with both the restoration and the awards that this Corvette has received.
Should you choose to bid on this car, we wish you the best of luck. Corvsport.com has no professional affiliations with either Ebay or the seller of this automobile and has not been compensated in any way for sharing this listing.