The Salon Privé Sale 2017

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 'Split Window' Coupé

Lot No.: 235

Registration: KGW 701A (Subject to plate change)
Chassis Number: 30837S112938
Engine Number: 3112938F00111RD
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 327cui/ 5359cc
Year of Manufacture: 1963
Sold for (£): 102,938

Now in its sixth generation, the Corvette began life in 1953 with the C1, a model that inspired a generation of young Americans. However, it was the C2, the immortal Sting Ray produced between 1963 and 1967, that really set Chevrolet's cash registers ringing and left us with the most desired and collectable Corvette to date. 

All 1963 cars had 327cid engines, producing around 250 hp standard, with optional variants that made 300 hp, 340 hp and 360 hp. The most powerful engine was the Rochester fuel injected engine. Options available on the C2 included AM-FM radio (mid-1963), air conditioning, and leather upholstery.

This wonderful example is an original 1963 'split-window' coupé powered by the desirable 327ci, 300bhp engine mated to the four-speed manual gearbox. Finished in the attractive combination of Sebring Silver with a Red interior, the NCRS certificate/report shows the production date as the 15th April 1963 delivered to Chevrolet dealer Spence Chevrolet - Daytona Beach.

It took our vendor two years to source a car that ticked all the boxes with no modifications or stories. Ultimately, this particular car stood head and shoulders above the rest for him after he had a four-hour specialist inspection undertaken in the States. This inspection was very thorough, almost forensic, and included probing fibre optics deep into the frame, only to find a few cobwebs and no corrosion. All the bonding strips remained intact, and according to the appraiser, appeared to reveal it to be a real “survivor car”.

The Corvette has apparently stayed around Florida most of its life with just two owners in the last 35/40 years, during which time it's believed to have covered around 8,000 miles. Ancillaries such as the alternator, carburettor, and manifold are all date correct and appear to be original. The engine too is dated 11th Jan 1963 with 1963 block casting and matching head stamping. 

Colour and trim are as original with even the seats believed to be original according to the appraiser. Correct original working AM/FM radio, date-mark '63 window glass all round apart from the windscreen which is 1970s. It is fitted with an 'LSD Powerlock' diff and power steering. The front disc brakes have been upgraded to 1965 specifications in the interests of safety. 

The car is currently sitting on on period-correct, dealer-upgrade, Torq Thrust 'D' wheels, however, the original wheels and original covers are included in the sale.

The close-ratio gearbox with Hurst 'short-shifter' appears to be a slightly later example, and has recently benefitted from a precautionary rebuild and new clutch to ensure fine working order with minimal noise.

Furthermore, this car has recently won the American Auto Club International 'Late Summer National' endorsing its status as one of the best examples of these rare and iconic muscle cars.

*Please note this vehicle is currently on a cherished registration number and will be subject to a number plate change back to its orginal UK registraion of KGW 701A upon its sale*