The team at LaFontaine Classic Cars is proud to offer this
beautifully restored, 1963 Corvette Fuelie Roadster for sale.
While the split window models are nice, there is nothing like
cruising down the highway on a warm sunny day with the convertible
top down, listening to the fine-tuned, fuel injected 327 engine
under the hood. This is the car almost everyone recognizes when
they see it, triggering the natural reaction ""thumbs up"" or
yelling ""nice car!"". The iconic body lines of the '63 Corvette
make it look like it's going fast while sitting still, proof that
Chevrolet's design team was ahead of its time.
This Corvette ""Fuelie"" has undergone a complete nut and bolt,
frame off, rotisserie restoration resulting in a like-new car with
show winning capabilities. The plan from the beginning was to bring
the car back to its former glory as it rolled off the assembly line
back in 1963, including keeping the original factory colors both
inside and out.
The exterior was treated to countless hours of body prep before the
color code ""941"", Sebring Silver was applied. To complete the
exterior, all the chrome and stainless trim was replaced or
refurbished, new emblems, door handles, front and rear bumpers, and
chrome exhaust tips were installed, then finished with a new, black
soft top. The included hard top was also refurbished and painted to
match the body color. The frame was media blasted and painted with
semi-gloss black before the body was bolted back down in
preparation for a completely new suspension, brakes, exhaust, fuel
system and much more.
The interior was treated to a complete restoration in its original
trim code ""490M"", red vinyl. New seat covers, door panels, carpet
and trim panels were installed as well as all metal dash and trim
components painted to match. The gauge cluster and center vertical
dash area were treated to new gauges, clock and radio including all
new wiring and accessory knobs. The center console houses a chrome
factory 4-speed shifter with new boot, along with refurbished
topside console trim with ash tray, shift pattern diagram, and
power window switches. The glove box door was finished with a
brushed metal texture and new black trim as it came new from
Chevrolet back in 1963.
Under the hood sits the heartbeat of this very special Corvette
roadster - the matching numbers 327 cubic inch engine with correct
VIN information stamped on the front pad along with the engine
plant, assembly date, and suffix code stamp (F0704RF). The ""RF""
suffix designates the engine as a Fuel Injected 327cid engine with
a factory rated 360 horsepower - the most power ever offered by
Chevrolet in any Corvette. This engine was rebuilt to factory
specifications including solid lifter camshaft/lifters, one of the
key components allowing this engine to turn higher rpm resulting in
the higher horsepower numbers. The fuel injection unit has the
correct 1963-part number tag (7017375) and has been rebuilt for
maximum power with great drivability.
Sending the power rearward is a very smooth shifting Muncie 4-speed
transmission that was also inspected and rebuilt. While there is
not a VIN stamped on the case, the casting number is ""3851325""
with bellhousing number ""3840383"" and tail shaft number
""3846429"". New drive shaft and axle shafts were installed with
all new u-joints throughout. The rear axle was disassembled,
inspected, and rebuilt, then installed with new rear suspension
components including new transverse leaf spring and hardware.
Overall, the underside of this gorgeous Corvette looks as good as
the top side with equal attention to detail showing how much time
and dedication was put into this build.
This 1963 Fuelie Roadster was the ultimate Corvette offered for
both style and performance, and today, one of the most rare,
desirable, and collectable. For more information on this once in a
lifetime opportunity, please call our team at 248-714-2110 or send
us an email to: [email protected]