To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale event, April 1-3, 2016.
Chassis No. 30867S103678
Estimate: $ 80,000 - $ 90,000 US
The new-for-1963 Corvette stepped out smartly with an exhilarating fresh and elegant look that remains popular more than 50 years later. At the time the Corvette represented a classic new concept in American sports car design. The newcomer emphasized a graceful style with a “miles-ahead aerodynamic design." Power-operated retractable headlights rotate out of sight to blend into the unobstructed hood line. The convertibles uncluttered lines are nicely accented by front and rear wraparound bumpers with subtle contours enveloping the rear deck. Top up or down; the goal of graceful streamlining was achieved. This model of Corvette endures as clean, taut and fresh in every detail.
Finished in Riverside Red with a matching red interior, this fabulous 1963 Corvette has received a nut-and-bolt, body-off restoration to the highest standards and resulted in the achievement of an NCRS Top Flight Award in national competition in 2007. To further up the ante, this example is one of only 2,610 that were equipped with the highly-desirable L84 327-cid, 360-hp V-8 fuel-injected powerplant. When you see that a total of 21,513 Corvettes were built during the 1963 model year, you quickly see what a small number this represents.
The restoration was executed to reach the goal of having an “as new 327 cubic inch, 360-hp four-speed fuel-injected Corvette roadster and we think this goal has been realized.” No expense is said to have been spared in the locating of correct parts to achieve this level of detail, right down to the proper fasteners and date-coded hose clamps. The frame was media blasted, inspected and painted in the correct finish. The same process was in place for the chassis components; new bushings, bearings, brakes, fuel system, shocks, universal joints and incorrect hardware were all replaced with proper specification parts. The glovebox, console, gauges, clock and AM radio are all restored original components.
The car has been stored in a climate controlled setting during this timeframe; this is a very special 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel-Injected Convertible that “looks like it just came off the assembly line or the Chevrolet dealer’s showroom floor.” 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel-Injected Convertible