1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray "Split-Window" Fuelie Coupe
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1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray "Split-Window" Fuelie Coupe Undercarriage
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Tales of the creation of the 1963 Corvette are both legion and legend. Seductive aerodynamic design by Bill Mitchell and Larry Shinoda, incorporating innovative rotating headlights, was mounted upon a thoroughly redesigned chassis, featuring Corvette’s inaugural four-wheel independent suspension, developed by the talented Zora Arkus Duntov, and powerful 327 cu-in V8 engines in multiple states of performance tune with the most exciting of these being the “L84” option 360 horsepower engine with Rochester Ramjet mechanical fuel injection. The result was a Corvette that really was truly new, and which was engineered from top to bottom to become the world-beating sports car that Arkus Duntov, later renowned as the “Father of the Corvette,” had always known it could be.
This was the first production Corvette sold as a coupe, an idea that had been explored since the model’s earliest days but had never been fully realized; now it was, and to many eyes, the coupe was every bit as rakish as the roadster counterpart. In a stylistic victory, Mitchell successfully argued for the spine splitting the rear window. A design flourish of considerable beauty, the “split window” would last only one year but made the original Sting Ray coupe both unique and unforgettable for future generations.
This car is part of the George Foreman Collection, which comprises over 50 cars from the 1930s through today, with a focus on American classics and late-model sports cars.
Offered from The George Foreman Collection
Powered by a 327 cu-in, 360 horsepower V8 engine with Rochester Ramjet mechanical fuel injection
Iconic one-year-only "Split-Window" Coupe design
“M20” four-speed manual transmission
Finished in optional “Magic-Mirror” Sebring Silver over a Red vinyl interior
Chassis Serial Number (30837S107223) decodes as:
3 - 1963
08 - Corvette
37 - Coupe
S - St. Louis Assembly
107223 - Production number with an approximate build date of 21 January 1963
Trim Tag decodes as:
Body time build code: E3 (3 January 1963)
Style: 63 837 - 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Trim: 490L - Red vinyl upholstery
Body: 3950 - Sequential body number 3950
Paint: 941A - Sebring Silver paint
Rochester Fuel Injection Information:
Serial Number - 2064
Part Number - 7017375
Currently displaying 3,775 miles at the time of cataloging, the true mileage of this Corvette is unknown
Power-operated, retractable headlights
New, torsionally stiffer frame than the outgoing C1 model
New four-wheel independent suspension
Hydraulic self-adjusting brakes
Full instrumentation includes: speedometer, tachometer, trip odometer, ammeter, oil pressure, fuel and temperature gauges
A center console houses: an electric clock, ashtray, and heater controls
Crank operated windows
Blended air heater
Cowl inlet ventilation system
Electric windshield wipers
Push-button windshield washer
Parking brake alarm
Two concealed compartments under the rear luggage area
Please note that this lot is offered in non-running condition after being stored without operation in a climate-controlled facility for at least 10 years. As a result, it will benefit from additional mechanical attention before being driven to address any imperfections associated with long-term storage or individual preferences. Bidders are encouraged to review the Additional Documents section of each lot for any recent mechanical service rendered to help return certain vehicles to running condition. Additionally, bidders should carefully review the photos of each lot in the collection, which may highlight the oxidation of metal components certain vehicles sustained as the result of a garage fire caused by a golf cart battery in March 2019. Although none of the vehicles sustained fire damage from the fire itself, the negative cosmetic effects of the corrosive soot vary greatly from vehicle to vehicle and can be observed in the photo
Fuel injection system fuel delivery issues
Extensive paint bubbling on the front hood
Paint chips on the driver’s rear quarter panel
Paint crazing near driver’s side headlight
Pitting and corrosion on exterior and interior metallic surfaces
Paint chip on passenger’s side door
Oxidation on all 4 wheels
Aged tires, right front dry rot leak
According to the chassis number this 1963 Corvette Coupe was produced in January 1963. According to the Foreman family this car was once owned by David Lee Roth, frontman for Van Halen. Clearly a fan of the Chevrolet Corvette, this one year only "Split-Window" with Rochester fuel injection has formed an integral part of The George Foreman Collection since its acquisition.
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