Loaded 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Is A Rare Split WindowAugust 19, 2020
A long list of options makes this ultra-desirable ’63 Corvette a true needle in the haystack.
With over 10,000 Sting Ray coupes built in ’63, there are definitely a number of Corvette models that were built in more limited numbers, but the split-window design makes these first-year C2s a must-have for any diehard car collector. This Daytona Blue 1963 Chevrolet Corvette represents an ultra-rare example of a split window as it checked practically every option box available, and it is one out of just 278 equipped with factory air conditioning. Now this fully restored and fully loaded ’63 ‘Vette is up for sale through Corvette Mike.
When Chevrolet launched the C2 in 1963, it marked the first time you could get factory air conditioning in a Corvette, and with a $421 price, A/C was the third most-expensive option on the ’63 Corvette’s order sheet behind the Z06 package and the fuel-injected, 360-horsepower L84 engine. On top of air conditioning, this Corvette was one cool cruiser in its day thanks to additional options such as the L75 version of the 327 cubic-inch V8 rated at 300 horsepower, two-speed automatic, power steering, power brakes and power windows. Optioned up, this Corvette cost almost $5,500 when it was new, but today it’s being sold for $205,000!
Rarity alone doesn’t get you a Corvette costing that much, though, and the best part of this split window is its jaw-dropping condition. Thanks to a factory-correct frame-off restoration, this Corvette probably looks even better than it did back in 1963, and it has been recognized as such as an NCRS Top Flight winner and the recipient of the even more prestigious Duntov Mark of Excellence Award. The Daytona Blue absolutely glows in the sunlight, while everything detail from the interior to the engine compartment has been meticulously restored.