1963 Split-Window Corvette With Rare Options And Great History

Nov 15, 2022 2 min read
1963 Split-Window Corvette With Rare Options And Great History

And it is for sale at OK Classic's Auction this weekend…

The 1963 Corvette coupe was a sensation when it was released. Its hidden headlights, sharp-edged styling, and dramatic "fastback" roofline with a split rear window made it unlike anything else on the road in those days. In the decades sense, it's become an icon of automotive design. This beautiful Corvette being offered by OK Classic’s Auction this weekend.

The 1963 model year kicked off the first year of the second-generation Corvette, the first time the car had been changed in a full decade. The '63 was the final product of research performed on and off the racetrack for over half of that decade by masterminds Bill Mitchell and Zora Arkus-Duntov. Improvements were made over the previous C1 model with a major refresh in styling, handling, and performance. Combining the experimental Corvette with Bill Mitchell's Sting Ray dream car, the C2 Corvette came to life and was a huge success.

As you probably already know, the split rear window was to become a one-year-only affair, replaced by a wider single window starting in 1964. Total Corvette production for 1963 was well over 21,000, and 10,594 of them were coupes. Each one is in high demand with collectors today.

This Corvette has a 327/360 horsepower engine, the best of the best you could get in a Corvette in '63. Naturally, it's backed up by a four speed manual transmission. It has only 49K miles on the clock, and was the subject of a frame-off restoration several years back, and was refinished in 2021. It is equipped with power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, off-road exhaust, woodgrained steering wheel, am/fm radio, red ring tires. See this Tuxedo Black Exterior/Black Vinyl Interior Corvette here.

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