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1963 Chevrolet Corvette LS7 ‘Split-Window’ Restomod

  • Desirable ’63 Corvette Split-Window body and custom Roadster Shop chassis
  • Equipped with a monstrous 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 engine mated to a T56 Tremec six-speed manual transmission
  • Vintage Air climate control, AutoMeter instrument panel, modern Bluetooth sound system
  • Black over fine Mercedes Glove Grey leather upholstery
  • An ultimate iteration of iconic design mated to modern technology

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The Split-Window Corvette was only produced for the inaugural year of the Sting Ray, making it one of the most desirable Corvette bodies to ever don the Chevy bowtie. The purest example of designer Bill Mitchell’s shark-featured sportscar, the split-window Sting Ray represents one of the most captivating cars Chevrolet ever produced. This dazzling black on grey restomod fused that iconic body with modern performance and accommodations for a car that’s as riveting to drive today as it is focus-pulling curbside.

The tale of the Sting Ray is as unlikely as it is impressive. Bill Mitchell, who helmed the design, guided a team of young superstars including Larry Shinoda and Peter Brock to craft Chevrolet’s second-generation Corvette. With styling cues from Bill Mitchell’s passion for marine life, the Sting Ray incorporated gills, wings, and spines of the mako shark and stingray to build the inimitable architecture of the body that would be lauded forever as America’s sportscar. The Sting Ray would become an icon, but the split-window would only last for a single year and many examples have been lost to history, which makes the model a holy grail for Corvette lovers.

Many restomods start with a different year body and build it with a split-window feature. This example took an original split-window Corvette Sting Ray body as the foundation of what would become a world-class restomod. The goal was to leave the body as original as possible and it was stripped down and repainted in flawless black and features an eye-catching stinger-style hood, fender vents, chrome bumperettes, flip-up headlights, B-pillar vents and dual side-outlet exhausts. The entire powertrain was redesigned to deliver the ultimate, modern driving machine. A 7.0-liter LS7 V-8, with 505 horsepower, the most powerful engine Chevrolet had ever produced for Corvette at the time, was mated to a Holley Dominator electronic fuel-injector that shifts through a rear-wheel T56 Tremec six-speed manual transmission with Billet Specialties shifter and a McLeod twin-disc clutch. The chassis was replaced with the performance-centric Roadster Shop chassis and four-wheel independent suspension and integrated independent rear suspension as well as Penske double-adjustable coilovers and power steering. That is not all that lurks beneath this ’63 Corvette’s silhouette. A Plazmaman billet intake manifold, fuel rails, aluminum radiator with electric fans, Chevrolet-script coil covers, tubular heads, internal EFI fuel pump and oil breathers within a stainless-steel fuel tank round out the magic. The mechanics mate flawlessly to AutoMeter’s 160-mph speedometer, tachometer, odometer and gauges for fuel level, coolant temperature, battery and oil pressure. This entirely equipped restomod comes to a halt with Baer four-wheel disc brakes and Baer six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers over drilled and slotted rotors mated to staggered Forgeline RS6 knock-off wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport redline tires.

The interior is beautifully tailored in Mercedes Glove Grey leather upholstery that adorns bolstered bucket seats and color-coordinated door and rear trim panels offset by a Billet Specialties steering wheel. The cockpit is equipped with AutoMeter instrumentation, stylish Vintage Air climate control, power windows, Kicker speakers, and a subwoofer as well as a Bluetooth audio receiver. Every detail has been implemented including a Holley Sniper EFI touchscreen controller that is conveniently mounted inside the glovebox.

This desirable 1963 Corvette, with single-year split-window styling, has been modernized to deliver the ultimate in sheer driver enjoyment. The quality of the build is evident at every angle and no expense was spared in making this incredible restomod look as formidable on the street as it is supersonic on the straightaway. This car is the whole package for someone who wants modern sports car performance with epic Sting Ray looks. With common restomod builds exceeding a half million dollars and thousands of hours that turn into years of build time, this particular Sting Ray is already done and represents an outstanding opportunity to take advantage of a labor of love that is ready to enjoy today.


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