Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Just the highlights on this neat little 1963 Chevrolet Corvette: strong, period-correct 327, 5-speed manual transmission, and it's a beautiful shade of silver. If you've been looking for a super-clean mid-year Corvette, but not one of those six-figure machines that crush bank accounts, this might be the smart choice.
Yeah, the Sting Ray was a slam-dunk, 50 years of Corvette fans have pretty much proven that. Imagine you're walking down the street in late 1962, and this thing is idling at a red light, twin pipes burbling, and that astounding shape making you stop in your tracks and just stare until it disappears over the horizon. That's what the C2 is all about. And if you have one, you need to do it right, because there's just too much history here to do half-hearted. The trim tag says it was originally Daytona Blue, but when the repaint was done a few years ago, it was treated to a beautiful silver finish that looks right and gives the convertible a bit of an edge. The fiberglass is in top-notch condition with crisp details, sharp lines, and no signs of stress in the usual locations. All the chrome was shined up, the stainless was polished, and the result is a high-quality piece that's ready to enjoy. Take a look at that profile. Man, what a car!
It also features a dialed-in red leather interior, and when I say dialed-in, I mean it's so good that it's tough to tell if people have actually sat in this beauty. Everything was properly replaced when the car was restored, and like the exterior it shows very well, especially that leather-wrapped dash, three-spoke steering wheel, and beautifully appointed center console. Corvette engineers gave you a full array of gauges, all of which are in nice shape in this car, including the somewhat optimistic 160 MPH speedometer and correct 6500 RPM redline tach. This one is also well-optioned, with highly-desirable power windows and an R134a A/C system for all-season driving. The black soft top is good shape but hasn't been exercised much, and the stance is set by those beautiful American Racing alloys.
There's no such thing as a bad small block Chevy, and the 327 cubic inch V8 in this Sting Ray is not only a dependable rebuilt piece, but a fantastic runner, too. It's not detailed for NCRS show but presents incredibly well and when you turn the key and it lights off quickly and easily, well, you'll forget that some of the hose clamps aren't exactly how the factory did it 51 years ago. An open-element air cleaner and finned valve covers are probably the biggest tip-offs that this car was never destined to be a trailer queen and long-tube headers connected to a new exhaust system offer improved performance. Aided with the burly effort of Edelbrock aluminum heads, an Edelbrock intake, Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor, and a TKO 5-speed manual transmission, this C2 is closer to a modern driver these days, leaving the operator with plenty of confidence to keep up with anything on the highway and in the corners. Power steering and competent power 4-wheel disc brakes mean that it's competent on the road and the undercarriage shows off what years of clean living and a high-end restoration can do for a vintage Corvette.
1963 Corvettes are still highly-sought for their first-year appeal, and with split-windows usually stealing the show and running up prices, roadsters like this remain very affordable alternatives. With a built 327 V8, lots of performance features, and a great color combination, this Corvette is a winner. Call today!
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