Lot 189

The Petersen Automotive Museum Auction

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 'Split-Window' Coupe


$89,600 USD | Sold

United States | Los Angeles, California



Chassis No.
  • 327/300 ‘L75’ V-8 engine; Powerglide automatic transmission
  • One of 278 examples with factory air conditioning
  • Accompanied by an owner’s manual and copy of window sticker

Nineteen sixty-three marked the 10-year anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvette. It was celebrated with a stunning new “Sting Ray” design. Penned by Bill Mitchell and Larry Shinoda, the new Corvette featured an independent rear suspension, optional power steering, power brakes, and air conditioning. Also, for the first time ever, Chevrolet offered the Corvette in either a coupe or convertible body style, with the coupe defined by a two-piece rear window. While the design remained through the 1967 model year, the iconic ‘split-window’ was a one year only design element.

Built in St. Louis Missouri, this 1963 Sting Ray coupe left the factory presented in Silver Blue with a Dark Blue interior. The car was fitted with the L75 300-hp, 327-cu. in. V-8 engine and a Powerglide automatic transmission, a combination only 1,505 units received in 1963. It was optioned with quick takeoff wheels, an AM/FM radio, tinted glass, power steering and brakes, as well as the rare factory air conditioning, which only 278 examples received. The car was delivered to Humphrey Chevrolet on West Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was purchased by first owner Bryan A. Frame of Waukesha, Wisconsin, on 15 June 1963. This beautiful 1963 ‘Split-Window’ was listed at $5,648.95 when new, including the $59 delivery charge.

Today, the Corvette remains very much in the way it left the factory years ago. The car is accompanied by an owner’s manual and a copy of its window sticker. The consignor has made sure this car is sorted, having spent nearly $4,000 in 2017 addressing minor items, receipts for which are included. This is a unique opportunity to own a truly stunning Corvette, specifically the highly desirable one-year-only ‘Split-Window’ coupe.