Legendary Motorcar is very proud to offer for sale this 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Coupe.
The newly designed ‘63 Corvette was flashy, muscular and powerful as this futuristic fiberglass sports car was a symbol of post-WWII America that was craving for individual expression. The radical exterior styling of this Corvette generation was very purposeful, with peaked fenders, a long nose, and a short, bobbed tail. The Quad headlamps were now hidden - the first American car so equipped since the 1942 DeSoto and the 1936-37 Cords. The hood had two simulated air intakes within stylish indentations and the Coupe doors were cut into the roof like a true racing sports car. The Sting Ray's interior carried a new interpretation of the twin-cowl Corvette dash motif used since 1958. A full set of round gauges included a huge speedometer and tachometer, and the center stack was now somewhat slimmer containing the clock and a vertically situated radio. The first-ever production Corvette Coupe had the backbone divided rear window split which was an extremely unusual styling element for its time period. This ‘Split Window” with the glass flowing down the sides and body sweeping artistically into the point at the back of the car adorned by the large round deck fuel-filler flap with the crossed-flags insignia. All 1963 cars had 327cid engines, which made 250 hp as standard and optional variants made were 300 hp, 340 hp and 360 hp.
Featuring iconic one-year-only "Split-Window" styling, this extremely original unrestored and highly sought after 1963 Corvette Sting Ray split window coupe was ordered new during September 1962 by a sales executive with a penchant for performance. Factory options included the numbers matching 340-horsepower L76 327 engine, numbers matching four-speed manual transmission, leather upholstery, Wonderbar AM radio, and whitewall tires. While black leather upholstery was specified and ordered, supply shortages necessitated a switch to Saddle instead. General Motors made the decision to build the car with a saddle leather interior, thus fulfilling half of the owner's request. In doing so, the factory produced a combination many thought never was available or even existed for that matter. The subject of great anticipation, the original owner spotted the Corvette still on the car carrier as it arrived earlier than expected at the selling dealer and promptly took delivery. Driven, enjoyed, and stored over the next 52 years in the same garage and the home from new, this very special Corvette was lovingly maintained as original as possible and it retains the majority of its original Sebring Silver paint and the factory original numbers matching engine, transmission, and rear-axle assembly. The trim tag has been certified as original and authentic by Al Grenning and CCAS Affirmations. This is a small group of the most knowledgeable and respected Corvette judges, these are the folks who are called upon to determine a car’s authenticity at the highest level corvette meets. Complete with a detailed letter from the original owner and a plethora of original documents rarely ever seen with a 1963 corvette some of which include; original ordered form, original sales brochure used when ordering the car, original car invoice, original salesman’s business card, original canceled deposit check, original window sticker, original corvette owners card, original sales order copy, original mileage and maintenance folder, plus many maintenance receipts and records, old newspaper clippings and much more.
Very well equipped, and incredibly original throughout, complete with tremendous amounts of rarely seen original documentation, this “Split-Window” Sting Ray from the inaugural year of ‘C2’ production is sure to thrill Corvette aficionados everywhere it appears. Step inside and take a seat, it’s like going back in time.