Arizona | Lot 121
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 'Fuel-Injected' Coupe
$175,000 - $225,000 USD
€155,000 - €200,000 EUR
£130,000 - £165,000 GBP
| Phoenix, Arizona
27 January 2022
- 12% of the hammer price up to and including $250,000
- 10% of the hammer price in excess of $250,000
- Spectacular single-year “split-window” Sting Ray Coupe
- Highly desirable 360 hp, 327 cu. in. V-8 with Rochester fuel injection; four-speed manual transmission
- Factory-correct Sebring Silver over a Red vinyl interior
- Restored to a high standard by Bayberry Vintage Autos of Hampton, New Hampshire
- A beautifully presented piece of American performance history
Chevrolet’s Corvette came into its own in with the introduction of the model’s stunning second generation. The new 1963 Sting Ray rode on a shorter-wheelbase ladder frame chassis and benefitted from independent rear suspension for improved handling—all in the interest of Zora Arkus Duntov’s vision of an American sports car with truly world-beating performance.
The Sting Ray’s breathtaking sculpted fiberglass body was penned by designer Larry Shinoda under the guidance of Bill Mitchell. In addition to its hidden headlights and a fastback profile defined by aggressive, yet balanced, haunches, Sting Ray Coupes—a body style offered for the first time in 1963—also featured a distinctive divided backlight. This “split-window” style lasted just one year before giving way to more conventional single-piece rear glass, making 1963 Sting Ray Coupes particularly sought-after today.
This Sebring Silver Sting Ray, one of 3,516 1963 Corvettes ordered in that color, is made even more appealing by its powerplant: The Rochester fuel-injected 327-cubic-inch V-8. At $430.40, it was a pricey option, and consequently only 2,610 cars left the factory in 1963 so equipped. Those who were able to afford this advanced powerplant were treated to 360 roaring horsepower and thrilling acceleration.
Under previous ownership, this Corvette’s engine was rebuilt by Engines Limited of Omro, Wisconsin; it is equipped with the correct-type Rochester fuel-injection unit (serial number 1308). This powerplant bears the correct code for a fuel-injected V-8 with high-lift cams paired with a four-speed manual transmission, as well as the correct engine number for this chassis; however, it is believed that it was re-stamped to match during its comprehensive rebuild. It is mated to a four-speed manual transmission.
Most recently, the car was subject to a complete, cost-no-object restoration carried out by the experts at Bayberry Vintage Autos of Hampton, New Hampshire that concluded in 2020. Finished in its factory-correct Sebring Silver, it looks very much as it must have when it was purchased new by its proud first owner; Kelsey-Hayes-style cast aluminum knock-off wheels wrapped in narrow whitewall tires contribute to a period-appropriate exterior, while the factory-correct Red vinyl interior is complete with a red-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel and AM radio.
Thanks to their one-year-only split-window styling, 1963 Sting Ray Coupes are among the most collectible of all Corvettes. Made all the more desirable by its rare fuel-injected engine and wonderful restoration, this Sebring Silver over Red coupe is an especially enticing example of classic American performance at its finest.