Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF

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Lot 79
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE

Sold for US$ 209,000 inc. premium
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE

Chassis no. 30837S105479
Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF

327ci OHV V8 Engine
Rochester Fuel Injection
360bhp at 6,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes


*Iconic Split-window Fuelie Corvette
*Professional body-off restoration
*Matching numbers example
*27,621 original miles
*Known history from new



THE STING-RAY CORVETTE

1963 was an exciting year for Corvette enthusiasts. For the first time, "America's sports car" was available as a coupe as well as a convertible. And what a coupe! The new Stingray design credited to Bill Mitchell and Pete Brock was a true fastback, notable for the unique divided rear window which added a lot to the car's dashing looks, but in real life proved detrimental to rearward vision. After just one year, that feature was replaced with a single-piece backlight, but would also make the 1963 one of the most desirable models for collectors. The new Stingray coupe also featured beautifully raised fender peaks, disappearing headlamps, and aircraft-type doors that cut deeply into the roof to ease entry and exit.

Underneath the sleek fiberglass shell, there was a new independent rear axle with transverse leaf spring, control arms, multiple links, double-jointed half-shafts, and trailing radius rods. Even base-model Corvettes were nicely equipped, and buyers had a wide range of engine choices based on the new 327-cubic inch V8. The most powerful option was the 360hp engine with Rochester fuel injection, making this the first American car with a higher horsepower figure than engine displacement. A three-speed manual transmission was standard, but options included a four-speed manual, a Positraction rear end, and a variety of rear axle ratios. The Stingray could be ordered in any of seven exterior colors. The new Stingray was an impressive performer, capable of 0-60 in 5.9 seconds and 0-100 mph in 16.5. The 1963 Stingray proved a sales hit, and Chevrolet sold 10,594 coupes and 10,919 convertibles.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This handsome "Split-window" Stingray coupe was built in the third week of December 1962, and left the factory wearing 916A Daytona Blue paint over an 898A Saddle leather interior. The car was equipped with the optional L84 360 hp engine package, M20 four-speed manual transmission, P48 Kelsey Hayes knock-off aluminum wheels, A31 power windows, and N11 side exhausts. Its first owner was a 16-year-old Florida woman named Sherry Morris, whose father had promised to buy her any car she desired on the condition that she sell her flame-painted 1956 Chevy sedan. Ms. Morris held her father to his promise, and would enjoy her blue Corvette for some 20 years before ill health forced her to sell it in August, 1983 to its second owner, Jay Smith. The car then went to Corvette expert Scott Marshall of Bountiful, Utah, who performed a four-year, body-off restoration that encompassed some 1300 man-hours of labor and cost $33,000. Interestingly, Marshall did not find it necessary to rebuild the engine, which has never been apart. "It never needed it, and it performs beautifully", said Marshall. Bruce and Ralene Strauss of Irvine, California purchased the restored car in May, 1989, for $50,000. The following year, their car was featured in "Super Chevy" magazine. The Strausses kept the car until early 2009, when Tony Hart bought it through Corvette Mike in Anaheim, California, where it had been consigned. Hart says this fine Corvette, which has accrued just 27,621 miles at the time of cataloging, has "phenomenal power and torque". It would be a wonderful addition to any collection of high-performance sports cars.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the correct engine number is 3105479FII26RF.
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Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection     ,1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360HP COUPE  Chassis no. 30837S105479 Engine no. 3105479 F11126RF
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