LMC is very proud to offer for sale this 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window
There is a growing interest in the collector car world towards original, unrestored, original paint cars. Although many still require the fully polished base/clear paint with detailed components and undercarriage of a frame off restored car, many of the purists are attracted to the original, un-restored cars which are true examples of how the cars were built, how well they were cared for since new and of course the undeniable authenticity of an original car. They are the last true representations of how that particular automobile was built on the assembly line and not the interpretation of how the restorer believes they were all constructed. Many of the larger organizations such as the National Corvette Certification Board offer special awards for cars which are true representations of “Survivor” cars; which leads us to this very special 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window.
Purchased new at Quality Chevrolet in Wichita Kansas on April 22 of 1963, this Corvette was special from Day 1. It arrived painted the perfect colour for a new for ’63 Split Window, Riverside Red with black interior. Under the engine hood was the desirable 340hp version of the 327 cubic inch engine attached to a wide ratio Muncie 4 speed transmission. Per the original warranty book, the car was delivered new to Mr. Wheat, he would ultimately end up selling the car to a local executive who seemed to buy the car simply because he liked the styling and the way it drove. This would turn out to be a crucial point to the cars future as it was never modified or abused. He would drive the car sparingly until October of 1977 when he parked the car in storage where it would remain in the dark for almost 30 years. In 2007, the car would change hands to its third owner who pulled the car out from its slumber of 30 years and back into the light of day. Under all the dust remained the original factory applied Riverside Red paint, original factory installed 327/340hp engine even original oil change stickers still on the door edges. Quickly realizing how special of a car this was a great effort was put into its preservation and not restoration. Off to Bloomington it went where it was awarded the highly coveted Bloomington Gold Survivor award. Since then the car has seen some light use, putting a few more miles on this stunning survivor. There is something truly unique which can’t be accurately described with words about driving an original car which has not been taken apart, they feel solid and well put together after all the parts have almost aged and blended together perfectly.
Today the car still presents remarkably well and comes complete with judging sheets from Bloomington, Bloomington certificates, original protection plan booklet with delivery information, original owners manual, some service receipts dating back to 1969 and even some photos of the car being removed from its storage space. The 1963 Corvette Split Window has become one of the most sought after and collectible Corvettes in history. To have the opportunity to acquire a Bloomington Survivor winner in Riverside Red with a 340hp 327 engine is quite possibly a once in a lifetime chance for the discerning collector, an opportunity not to be missed.