Reader Brian T recently sent me a couple photos of a ’63 Corvette Split Window Coupe. All he said about it was that he stumbled across it and was in the process of trying to negotiate with the owner to buy it. He asked me to not post it until he knew for sure what was going to happen with it. Well he just emailed us and sadly he couldn’t work out a deal, so he wants to share his story with everyone, in hopes that one day the owners will let it go to a good home to be saved!
From Brian – So for a fathers day gift my wife and two sons bought me a 5 day vacation to L.A. to watch a couple Dodgers games, Vancouver Whitecaps soccer game against L.A. Galaxy and to enjoy the 4th of July (amazing sight to look over L.A. and see the million different firework explosions) as my oldest son is in the USAF. Did I mention that I’m from Canada? My wife located a rental condo in the heart of Beverly Hills – very nice. We had a underground parkade to park the rental car, I didn’t notice on the first night the heap of dust covered Americana – probably from a late night flight.
The next morning as we went down to the rental car my wife says to me – look isn’t that the car like your dad had… “Holy crap” you’re right- I was hooked. Now here comes the interesting part, as I looked at it with its 40+ years of dust. It has black plates and it looked as if the tag expired in ’72. This 1963 split window in gold with tan interior was reeling me in. Against my better judgement I checked the doors, to my surprise it was open. Like I said I was hooked – I opened the glove box and checked out a couple of pieces of paper to see if I could find any info on this beauty. I was in-luck and found a name and phone number (no longer in use, dead end). On another paper I found a company that in its day was the premier equipment rental company for Hollywood. The paper gave me a name.
I looked up the name and found contact info, but they are now deceased, which means their daughters own it. I made contact with them and made an offer. I firstly offered $25k which was refused immediately. I waited a few days and offered $35k – again it was refused and that they wanted to keep it in the family. Looks like some front end damage had been redone as there is primer on the front end, and it states on the paperwork needs headlight motor.
So I enjoyed the rest of my stay in Beverly Hills, hit Venice beach with my boys and met Howie Mandel – funny guy. We returned home five days later and I couldn’t get the Vette off my mind, I thought about it for the rest of the week. I decided to try one more time and contacted them with a $50k offer – denied. So I’ve given up on the Vette – $65k and my last born and they won’t budge. It’s probably just as well as it probably will cost $80k to get it back to its original state, besides I’m looking for a TR4 or TR4A. If any of you know of any TR4s, let me know, I would be interested.
I feel compelled to state that we don’t not condone or recommend opening other people’s cars and rummaging through their glove boxes! At this time, it would seem the owners aren’t willing to let go of their Corvette, but hopefully they will either give it some much needed attention soon or decide to find a new home for it. We would hate to see it degrade further, but at least it’s stored indoors. Special thanks to Brian for sharing his find with us!