Silver Blue
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327 V8
4 Speed Manual
  • Bloomington Gold certification
  • NRCS Top Flight
  • 912A Silver Blue exterior
  • L76 327ci/340 hp V8
  • Borg Warner T10 4-speed
  • Hydraulic brakes / manual steering
  • Restored interior with power windows

When the topic of most desirable Corvette comes up, numbers like L88, Z06, LT-1, and ZR-1 are inevitably thrown into the mix. Each represents a performance peak and, when it comes to collectability, that's always a big deal. The one model that probably could have gotten by on looks alone was the '63 split window coupe. Widely considered one of the most stylish Corvettes ever produced, this single-year design continues to make even novice enthusiasts weak in the knees. This particular '63 is the beneficiary of a careful restoration that brought the car back to near showroom condition. The efforts were good enough for both Bloomington Gold and NCRS National Top Flight honors, making this one decorated C2. With it's 340hp 327 and 4-speed manual, the car is a blast to drive and its air of authenticity makes this coupe a great addition to any collection.

According to the window sticker shown in the above images, the car left the factory with:

• 4-speed manual transmission
• 340hp Corvette V8
• Off road exhaust
• Positraction axle – 3.70 gears
• 6.70x15 4-ply tires
• Signal seeking radio
• Power windows
• Back up lamps
• Tinted glass

Total: $4,885.25 (after the $17 destination charge)

The car was originally delivered to Barford Chevrolet in Clayton, Missouri where it was introduced to its first owner. From there, the details are mostly lost to history. What we can tell you is that, today, the car is a total knockout. A sympathetic restoration brought the car back to show-ready condition but you won't find any over-restored gloss here – just an authentic feel that Corvette aficionados will gravitate towards immediately. The color is trim-tag correct 912A Silver Blue which suits the design well, allowing the dramatic lines to take front and center. The paint isn't perfect in the traditional sense, but it's perfect for a properly restored C2 Corvette. Under the top coat, the fiberglass shell has respectably even shut lines all around but, more importantly, looks like factory work. This is what a midyear Corvette body should look like.

The C2 Corvette design drew heavy inspiration from the Mako Shark concept car, offering the finished car a sportier demeanor. At the front, a body-width grille sits inside a clean stainless border which is flanked by two chrome-detailed parking lights and topped by a 'razor blade' bumper. Above that bumper, a red, white and black Corvette cross-flag emblem graces the forward-tilting hood. The side profile offers sculpted scoops that ride alongside correct chrome door handles, classy red, white and blue cross-flag emblems and dent-free stainless rocker moldings. The shell is topped by a greenhouse that offers factory tinted glass which is framed by like-new stainless trim and a chrome driver's side bowtie mirror. At the back, the iconic split rear window is guaranteed to make any gearhead look twice. To the rear, a highly detailed fuel filler cap is centered above a second black and chrome “Corvette Sting Ray” emblem, four correct red and white tail lights, two more razor blade style bumpers and two fully integrated, stainless trimmed exhaust tips.

Lift the Corvette's hood forward and you'll find the car's original 327 cubic inch V8 which wears a correct 3782870 casting number and a matching VIN derivative. The F0226RE assembly stamp tells us the engine was a high-performance unit assembled in Flint, MI on February 26th with the intentions of living in a 4-speed manual Corvette. Introduced as the ultimate option for Sting Ray owners who wanted to be just as quick in the corners as they were on the straightaways, the L76 327 offered 340hp and 344 lb-ft of torque. The original block is topped by a Winters aluminum intake which distributes atomized fuel from its home between factory cast iron heads. At the back of the engine, a chrome-capped points distributor sends spark through metal sleeved wires which snake around correct cast iron exhaust manifolds. Bright Chevy Orange paint covers the block from its oil pan bolt to its chrome oil tube and contrasts well against the satin black engine bay. Correct decals and tags are present and accounted for and niceties such as a Delco Remy voltage regulator, a reproduction battery and correct Harrison radiator ensure that this pristine Corvette is always ready for the show field.

Put this coupe on a lift and you'll find a fully restored chassis that looks much like it probably did when it rolled off the showroom floor. The pans retain their raw fiberglass coloration, free of overspray or undercoating. At the center, a rugged Borg Warner T-10 four-speed transmission, which wears a correct WB2632 production stamp (February 26, 1963 – 2nd shift) and a matching partial VIN, provides rock solid shifts behind the small block. Around the drivetrain, a fully restored double A-arm front and independent rear sports suspension is completely detailed down to its transverse rear spring. At the corners, standard equipment hydraulic drum brakes pair with manual steering direct and responsive handling. Above the rebuilt suspension original floor tubs are bolted to a straight and clean satin black frame. Power meets the road through standard 15-inch steel wheels which spin a fresh set of 6.70-15 Firestone bias ply tires around pristine, stainless wheel covers.

Inside the car, a deep blue vinyl interior provides a comfortable place to log miles from. The seat covers, door panels and their chrome trim look great, and the carpet looks fresh topped by matching Corvette floor mats. In front of the driver, the stylish and sporty dual cowl dash houses a large 6,500 rpm redline tachometer and 160 mph speedometer alongside smaller gauges that track fuel, battery, temperature, and oil pressure. In the passenger's side cowl, a locking glove box is housed behind an attractive stainless panel that features a chrome “Corvette Sting ray” emblem. The middle of the dash flows like a waterfall to the center console and houses a correct radio and a continuous motion electric clock. Control is offered through an aluminum three-spoke steering wheel, a chrome shifter, and plainspoken black pedals that hang nearly out of sight. Above the seats, a taut headliner rounds out the roof while, behind the seats, the cargo area is covered in the same rich blue carpet as the interior.

To back up this show-winning C2, the sale includes all awards, certificates and judging sheets. There are also restoration receipts which provide some great insight into the build.

All told, roughly 10,594 split-window coupes were built but, with the rarity the cars appear with, its almost hard to believe the number was that high. This restored '63 is a great package completed by its top-option small block, 4-speed transmission, and award-winning history. Whether you're a seasoned Corvette enthusiast or a just someone who has always loved the split-window look, don't miss the opportunity to take home one of the most beloved versions of America's most consistent sports car.

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