1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray cabriolet

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Lot 315
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray cabriolet

€ 55,000 - 75,000
US$ 61,000 - 83,000
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray cabriolet
Châssis n° 30867S120573

Dire que l'arrivée de la Sting Ray en 1963 fit l'effet d'une bombe serait minimiser l'impact considérable qu'elle eut sur le marché américain des sportives. Supervisée par le directeur de l'Art & Colour Studio Bill Mitchell, la nouvelle Corvette affichait un style radical qu'avait inauguré la voiture de compétition de Mitchell dessinée par Larry Shinoda et pour la première fois la gammeproposait un coupé Grand Tourisme. Sous la carrosserie, ont trouvait un châssis échelle entièrement nouveau avec suspension arrière indépendante, élaborée par le directeur technique de Chevrolet Zora Arkus Duntov, qui permettait d'abaisser le centre de gravité de façon significative, améliorant à la fois la tenue de route et le confort. Les autres nouveautés sur la Corvette de 1963 comprenaient la sellerie cuir, l'air conditionné et les roues à écrou central. Un peu plus de 21 000 Sting Ray furent construites en 1963, la répartition entre coupé et cabriolet étant groso modo de 50/50.

Équipée du V8 small block 327 ci (5,4 litres) Chevrolet et dotée de la séduisante boîte à quatre rapport optionnelle, cette Sting Ray du premier millésime fut immatriculée pour la dernière fois aux États-Unis (en Californie) en 2009, avant d'être importée en Italie en 2011. La voiture,dans sa livrée blanche avec intérieur marron, est vendue complète avec son rarissime hardtop d'usine. Les papiers fournis comprennent les papiers d'immatriculation italiens, le formulaire belge 705 et la copie du titre de propriété californien.

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Convertible
Chassis no. 30867S120573

To say that the Sting Ray's arrival for 1963 caused a sensation would be grossly under stating its impact on the North American sports car market. Supervised by Art &Colour Studio chief Bill Mitchell, the new Corvette featured radical styling pioneered on Mitchell's successful Stingray sports-racer by designer Larry Shinoda, and for the first time there was a Gran Turismo coupé in the range. Beneath the skin was an all-new ladder-frame chassis with independent rear suspension, the work of Chevrolet Chief Engineer Zora Arkus Duntov, the adoption of which enabled the centre of gravity to be significantly lowered, improving both road holding and ride. Other notable firsts for the '63 Corvette included optional leather upholstery, air conditioning and knock-off wheels. A little over 21,000 Sting Rays were made in 1963, the production split being roughly 50/50 coupé/convertible.

Powered by Chevrolet's 327ci (5.4-litre) small block V8 engine and equipped with the desirable four-speed manual transmission, this first-year Sting Ray was last titled in the USA (in California) in 2009 before coming to Italy in 2011. The car comes complete with the rare factory hardtop and is finished in white with brown interior. Accompanying documentation consists of Italian registration papers, Belgian Form 705 and (copy) State of California Certificate of Title.

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray cabriolet
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray cabriolet
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray cabriolet
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray cabriolet
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray cabriolet
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray cabriolet
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray cabriolet
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray cabriolet
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray cabriolet
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