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1963 Chevrolet Corvette ‘Fuel-Injected’ ‘Split-Window’ Coupe

  • Striking factory-original Daytona Blue with red vinyl interior
  • Numbers matching factory fuel-injected example
  • 1 of only an estimated 10 to leave the factory in this configuration
  • Sympathetic cosmetic restoration of a fantastic original car
  • Iconic and timeless split-window design

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Few automobiles have achieved the notoriety of the Corvette Sting Ray, and the top of that heap is clearly the fuel-injected 1963 Vette. Chevrolet launched the second generation of America’s Sports Car with a sexy aerodynamic design by Bill Mitchell and Larry Shinoda, all while riding a thoroughly redesigned chassis with Corvette’s first four-wheel independent suspension developed by Zora Arkus Duntov. Also new for 1963 was the first-ever production Corvette Coupe with a split rear window. While the basic design of the coupe would last until 1967, the “split-window” would not, and today, it is the signature identifying feature of these desirable and rare closed 1963 Corvettes.

The all-new Corvette generated immediate acclaim, with Motor Trend testers remarking, “We thought the old model cornered darn well, but there’s no comparing it to this new one.” Road & Track stated that the 1963 Corvette “will know few peers.” The model has become something of a design classic, renowned for its combination of European-inspired high style and American brawn, and it remains coveted by Corvette collectors as a landmark in the history of what may be Chevrolet’s most important model. This year, the model celebrates its 60th anniversary. Four engine options were offered for the year with the Rochester fuel-injected 327-cubic-inch V-8 at the head of the class. At $430.40, it was a pricey option, and consequently only 2,610 cars, including this car, would leave the factory in 1963 so equipped. Those who were able to afford this advanced powerplant were treated to 360 roaring horsepower and thrilling acceleration propelling the Corvette to 60 mph in under six seconds — performance that remains exhilarating, even today.

This desirable early production car carries an envious list of features starting with its numbers-matching fuel-injected 327 producing 360 horsepower and 352 lb-ft of torque. The engine pad is proper with broach marks as expected matching the under dash VIN. It is backed by a close-ratio four-speed manual transmission and a Positraction rear end with 3.70 gears. The drum brakes wear sintered-iron linings that have been found to be "practically impossible to fade”. A noted Corvette expert's recent inspection of the car verified the entire drivetrain and fuel-injection unit matches and appear to be original to this car.

The obvious allure of this Split-Window is the striking and uber desirable color combination of Daytona Blue exterior over red interior and carpet. A decode of the trim tag confirms that this is the original color combination - 1 of only an estimated 10 to leave the factory in these colors with the fuel-injected engine. Always cared for and preserved, it presents with just one high-quality repaint and fresh carpet from new. The look is completed with the factory steel wheels riding on the correct redline tires. Delivered in July of 1963, it comes with original warranty and owner’s manual intact.

The 1963 Split-Window Corvette has achieved iconic status. It has crossover appeal to every generation and virtually every taste, not just in America, but around the globe. A high-quality, well-preserved, numbers matching, fuel-injected Split Window, in what is arguably the most desirable color combination, sets this car apart as one of the best.

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