For Sale: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette in Mesa, Arizona

Vehicle Description

The 1963 Corvette Split-Window coupe is one of those rare exceptions to the rule that if the top goes down, the price goes up. There aren't many guys with a pulse who aren't secretly wishing for a split-window coupe in their Christmas stocking this year, and this gorgeous, numbers-matching Ermine White coupe is just the thing to make a grown man dance in the streets on Christmas morning. With a 327/340 V8, Muncie M20 4-speed gearbox, and a redlight-to-redlight dominant 4.11 posi-traction rear end - all of which are the original, numbers matching units this C2 was born with - this is the ultimate classic Corvette to own.

Yeah, the Sting Ray is an absolute slam-dunk, 60 years of Corvette fans have pretty much proven that. Imagine you're walking down the street in late 1962, and this thing is idling at a red light, twin pipes burbling, and that astounding shape making you stop in your tracks and just stare until it disappears over the horizon. That's what the split-window coupe is all about. And if you have one, you need to do it right, because there's just too much history here to do half-hearted. Code 936A Ermine White is this 'Vette's factory color, and this beauty was faithfully repainted back to that very shade, because it would be practically blasphemous to take away a classic car's birthright, and downright heresy to change the color of an iconic Corvette like this. The respray is fairly recent, so if you're wondering whether it looks as 'wet' and shiny in person as it does in our pictures, the answer is a resounding YES. When you're dealing with a legendary car like this, you don't skimp on paint and bodywork, so when it came time to respray this beauty, they did the job right. The fiberglass is laser-straight with no seams showing through, the gaps and panel alignment is uniform and exact, and the finish is incredibly smooth, deep, and shines up so bright you'll need to wear sunglasses after looking at it for a while. The crisp details, sharp lines, and zero signs of body stress mean you can show off this Splittie with great pride, and if anyone finds anything to complain about, they better be wearing an NCRS badge. With sky-high curb appeal and a revered street presence that can't be matched by almost any other car on the road, this Corvette is the ultimate attention-getter. All the chrome was shined up at the time of the restoration, the stainless was polished too, and the result is a high-quality piece that's ready to be shown-off or driven and enjoyed without worry. All the factory emblems are in place, while out back is where the 'Sting Ray' badge debuted in 1963, ushering in a new era of American motoring that made these cars legends.

Okay, so if you do see someone with an NCRS badge, you should go ahead and tell them that the black interior in this Splittie is not 100% correct. The style and materials are certainly stock, but this '63 was born with Code 490L Red upholstery. You won't hear many complaints though, because a black interior is almost always a welcomed upgrade (especially on a white car), and when the work was done in 2005, it was professionally completed to a high standard that left no trace of the original shade. The '63 Corvette interior was every bit as ground-breaking as the bodywork, although it tends to get a bit lost in the commotion of the Splittie. Handsome seat covers have been fitted to the original buckets, and the twin-cockpit design is something that's still echoing in today's C8. A full array of crisp, factory gauges keep a comprehensive eye on the original engine, and their bright stainless faces and slender needles are miniature works of art that really pop out from the original bezel. The 4-speed manual transmission is exactly what every car guy wanted back then and certainly still desires for today, and the chrome shifter that manages it is inside a bright factory console, just inches away from the original 3-spoke steering wheel that's very familiar in its design. A vertical, retro-style AM/FM/Cassette radio is a welcome addition and looks cool with its inverted orientation that mimics a Wonderbar. Simple and stylistic, the black interior is exactly what belongs in a white Corvette, and the very nice setup inside this cabin is a perfect complement for this sporty Splittie.

Power comes from the original, numbers-matching RE-code 327/340 horsepower 4-barrel carbureted engine, which was a spirited and relatively rare upgrade over the base 250 horsepower version found in most of these. Finned aluminum Chevrolet valve covers and that unique chrome air cleaner lid give it an authentic look, although the modern alternator suggests that NCRS Top-Flight Blue Ribbon awards are not the primary mission here. The original Carter 4-barrel carburetor feeds the feisty small block atop the corresponding original intake, ram's horn exhaust manifolds are in good order at the flanks, and the mellow yet throaty dual exhaust system that gives the potent small block a nice bark. That's the original Muncie M20 4-speed gearbox managing the gears - the perfect dance partner to the powerful 327 - and it spins a stock rear end that came from the factory with a redlight-to-redlight devouring 4.11 gear ratio. The C2's all-independent suspension definitely lives up to the billing of improved handling and a terrific ride, and there are restored/replaced components everywhere you look in the uber-clean and tidy undercarriage. 15-inch 'turbine' style wheels with knock-offs are a perfect complement to the Splittie's sporty curb appeal, and while experts will note that they were not available from the factory in 1963, it's hard to argue with how right they look wrapped in 215/75/15 Goodyear white-walls.

The King of the Corvettes, this stunning 1963 Split-Window is the creme de la creme of American motoring. Call today!

Vehicle Details

  • 1963 Chevrolet Corvette
  • Listing ID: CC-1646628
  • Price: $215,995
  • Location:Mesa, Arizona
  • Year:1963
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Corvette
  • Exterior Color:Ermine White
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:18447
  • Stock Number:2819-PHX
  • VIN:30837S120683
Listed By:
Streetside Classics - Phoenix
614 East Auto Center Drive Suite 101
Mesa, AZ 85204

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