1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 'Fuel-Injected' Split-Window Coupe
Sold For $159,600Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
RM | Sotheby's - AMELIA ISLAND 8 - 9 MARCH 2019 - Offered on Friday
- Iconic one-year-only split-window design
- Highly desirable, factory fuel-injection
- Numbers-matching 327/360 engine mated to a four-speed transmission
- Known owner history
- Frame-off restoration; NCRS Top Flight Award winner
Chevrolet unveiled a radical new Corvette fastback design for 1963, based on two spectacular GM concept cars: the 1957 Q-Corvette by Zora Arkus Dontov and the 1959 Sting Ray designed by Peter Brock for Bill Mitchell. This first-year Sting Ray coupe features all of Corvette’s new innovations for 1963, including an all-new chassis, independent rear suspension, and the stunning one-year-only split rear window. These features combine to make the 1963 Corvette coupe an automotive design icon.
This 1963 Sting Ray, finished brilliantly in Sebring Silver, is an early production car, built in the last week of December 1962. It was equipped with top-of-the-line and highly desirable RPO L84 Ram-Jet fuel-injected 327/360 engine mated to a four-speed manual transmission and fitted with optional power brakes. This beautiful “split-window” coupe has benefited from a complete body-off restoration by a marque specialist that resulted in being awarded NCRS Top Flight status. Inside, the fully restored black interior features the highly desirable AM Wonderbar radio.
Showing under 48,000 miles on the odometer, this 1963 Sting Ray has been collector owned and has received the very best of care and maintenance. Accompanying the car is documented ownership history and service invoices showing just one caretaker from 1964 until 1987. Included is also the NCRS Top Flight Certificate and NCRS judging sheets, restoration receipts, Chevrolet owner production plan booklet, owner’s manual, and radio operating instructions.
Since restoration, the Corvette has been driven sparingly and kept in a climate-controlled environment. The car presents beautifully today and sports the superb combination of iconic one-year-only split-window design, exceptional high-quality and authentic NCRS Top Flight Award-winning restoration, and its matching-numbers and highly desirable 327 fuel-injected engine. This 1963 coupe is a stunning example of one of the most important and legendary Corvettes ever made.