Just the highlights on this spectacular 1963 Corvette split-window coupe: matching-numbers L84 327/360, 4-speed manual transmission, and its insanely attractive in Daytona Blue. If youve been looking for an investment-grade Corvette, there arent many choices that are smarter than this NSRA certified Top-Flight split-window coupe with the "fuelie" engine under the hood.
Dark blue is a dramatic color on a Corvette, and there arent many guys more passionate about their hardware than Corvette owners. Its fitting that this cars code 916 Daytona Blue finish is correct, because nothing looks as good as a split-window coupe in a dark color. You want attention, youll get it in this fiberglass work of art, but youll be too busy grinning like an escaped convict to notice. Fit and finish are simply spectacular, truly fitting the cars price tag and status with nary a blemish to be found. We dont use words like "perfect" and "flawless" but this car comes pretty darned close. Even up close, youll notice that all the little stuff is right: the headlights fit flush, the door gaps are even, and the pleat that surrounds the body is almost sharp enough to give you a paper cut. C2s dont have a lot of chrome, but everything on this car was professionally refinished, including the bumpers and those ribbed rocker panel moldings that are the coolest thing this side of, well, side pipes. And quite honestly, theres nothing that looks as cool on a 63 Vette as that little badge on the front fender: Fuel Injection.
It also features a matching dark blue interior (code 490J on the trim tag), which is how it came from the factory. Its all new of course, with fresh seat covers, new carpets and door panels, and an expertly refinished center console. Corvette engineers gave you a full array of gauges, all of which have been expertly restored in this car, including the 160 MPH speedometer and correct 6500 RPM redline tach (lesser models had 5500 RPM redlines), and even the clock keeps time. This one also includes the unique Corvette vertical radio, fresh carpeted floor mats, and a stout shifter atop the 4-speed manual gearbox. Theres a surprising amount of cargo space underneath that split rear window, but the carpets are so beautifully tailored that it would be a shame to cover them up. There are no modifications, no upgrades, nothing that detracts from the authentic Corvette experience.
Thanks to revisions in the cam, heads, and valvetrain, not to mention more displacement, this numbers-matching L84 generates well over the "one horsepower per cubic inch" that made the 1957 Fuelie such an icon. Rebuilt during the restoration, it runs beautifully today, with a cackling exhaust note and the symphony of mechanical lifters on the high-lift cam. All the correct details are there, too, from the chrome air cleaner and ignition shield, to the finned valve covers. All the numbers line up correctly, including the date-code-correct Rochester fuel injection system thats original to the car and the RF suffix code stamping. Rams horn exhaust manifolds dump into a reproduction dual exhaust system, and as long as youre looking around under there, note the clean floors and rugged underpinnings, which make this a show-caliber car in just about every single way. Knock-offs were off the menu for 63 due to production problems, so this car has a set of steel wheels with spinner hubcaps wrapped in correct 6.70-15 bias-ply whitewalls for a factory look.
Only 2610 fuel-injected cars were built in 63. Today, matching numbers, a high-performance engine, and a great color combination make this a very special Vette indeed. It has already won every major award such a car can win, including NCRS Top Flight, and the original window sticker is included. You want investment-grade with a pedigree? They dont come much finer than this. And check the value books, this beauty is priced VERY competitively Call today!