What gets better than the one-year only split-window coupe? How
about a split-window survivor! This 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sing
Ray holds so much history, and all of it's up for grabs.
These pictures tell the story of one special coupe. That Ermine White is the same paint applied by the St. Louis factory 53 years ago. Yup, this is a true surviving first-year C2 Corvette. That also means the ultra desirable split window fiberglass wasn't messed with over the years like some owners did by cutting it out, just to put it back in when the '63 coupe prices skyrocketed decades later. Survivor cars have always been royalty in Corvette circles. They not only get their own high-prestige awards, but survivor Corvettes also even have their own car shows. This one is a definite contender in that world when you take a look at how free the body is of any hits, and the chrome is still pristine. The factory spinner-syle hubcaps have even stayed on after all these years!
Just because this is an untouched survivor doesn't mean you don't get what you want inside. The original black interior still looks as dark as midnight. The vinyl bucket seats even show very little wear for being in place for over five decades. A full array of gauges keep a comprehensive eye on the engine, and their bright stainless faces and slender needles are miniature works of art. The Muncie four-speed shifter falls easily to hand, just inches away from the three-spoke steering wheel that's very European in its design. Running down the middle of the car is the optional AM/FM radio, original heat/defrost controls, and the large factory clock that's still ticking away. This coupe even has power windows!
It wouldn't be a true survivor without the correct motor. This is the numbers-matching unit of the Sting Ray's upgraded L75 motor with an advertised 300 hp rating. It still has its finned valve covers, and pie dish air cleaner lid that let people know how authentic this powerplant really is. The dual exhaust runs through the same pipes put on at the factory, and it still makes that perfect snarl as you row through the four forward gears. You might be ready for the survivor shows, but we wouldn't blame you for just enjoying this on the road. After all, the C2 was a leap ahead for the Corvette. It's independent rear suspension made it one of the best handling American cars of its era, and it's optional power steering is quite nice, too. And by the way, this one drives as tight and without and squeaks or noises as it did 50 years ago.
This is an amazingly preserved icon, right down to the original owner's manual, and it shows every sign of being an award-winning coupe. You can show it or drive it, but we're willing to bet you're going to do both. Don't miss out, call today!!!