Auburn Fall

The Auburn Auction Park
2 - 5 September 2021
Lot 6160

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 'Fuel-Injected' Convertible

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$88,000 USD | Sold

United States | Auburn, Indiana

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30867S114003
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  • Equipped with the vaunted 360 hp 327 cu. in. “Fuelie” V-8
  • Desirable 4-speed manual transmission
  • Riverside Red over a black interior
  • Nut-and-bolt restoration to original specification
  • Rides on new redline tires on knock-off aluminum wheels

Penned by GM stylist Larry Shinoda under the guidance of Bill Mitchell, the 1963 Sting Ray introduced all-new wind tunnel-influenced aerodynamic styling and superb engineering, immediately elevating the status of the Corvette. Underneath the gorgeous body was a serious car mechanically; it also marked the first use of the Sting Ray name to describe the model.

For 1963, the Sting Ray featured aggressive, yet handsome hidden headlights. A new ladder-type frame replaced the X-type frame which lowered the center of gravity while also improving handling. The fiberglass car rode on a wheelbase four inches shorter than previously (98 inches to 102 inches), but overall length was nearly the same. Independent rear suspension was offered for the first time. Zora Arkus-Duntov, known as the father of the Corvette was quoted as having said of this new offering, “For the first time I now have a Corvette I can be proud to drive in Europe.”

Finished in Riverside Red over a black interior with black convertible top, this Corvette is a real factory red car that has received a total nut and bolt restoration to original specifications. It is one of 10,919 convertibles produced in 1963—and, notably, one of 2,610 Corvettes equipped with the optional 360-horsepower, Rochester Ramjet fuel-injected 327-cubic inch L84 V-8. It also features the desirable four-speed manual transmission.

Recently, this car has been fitted with proper reproduction BF Goodrich redline bias-ply tires on Corvette-signature finned knock-off aluminum wheels. The consignor notes that the car has never been shown, a fact which, combined with the car’s wonderful presentation, will provide its new owner with endless opportunities to do so.