Convertible Fuelie: 1963 Corvette Stingray L84

1963 Corvette Fuelie

If seeing all those Corvettes in the North Carolina find left you needing to save a Corvette from an old barn, we have the car for you. It isn’t part of the NC collection, but instead located in Florida. It has been in storage since 1972 and is covered in decades of dust and dirt. It needs a new home and owner, so take a look at this 1963 Corvette Stingray Convertible here on eBay. Oh and did we mention this one is the 360 horsepower fuel injected model? Special thanks to Jim S for this tip!

1963 Corvette Fuel Injection

The 1963 Stingray hardtop is one of the most sought after Corvettes, as it was the only year for the split rear window. Sadly, this one is one of the split window coupes, but a convertible with a removable hardtop. On the upside, it’s still a great looking car with the L84 option. Being an L84 means this one came optioned with the 360 horsepower 327 cui V8, with Chevy’s fuel injection system.

1963 Corvette Motor

If you know your Chevrolet fuel injection systems or simply know what a carburetor looks like, you will quickly notice this motor currently doesn’t have its fuel injection system installed. The seller gives a decent explanation as to why the system was removed. Apparently the system was prone to mechanical failures that could leave the car strained on the side of the road or worse, not wanting to risk being stranded, the owner had a carb installed. We have seen many of these early fuel injection systems removed, but most often they are no longer with the car. Thankfully, the owner had enough sense to keep the system intact and with the car. Getting it working again will not be a simple task, but the added power would be well worth the work.

1963 Corvette Interior

When it comes to seller’s claims, we tend to always be leery. We like to be trusting, but when it comes to the internet it’s too easy to make false claims. Thankfully, the seller has all the necessary documentation to prove that this is a real L84 and even has all the documents of when it was purchased and given to the original owner as a graduation/birthday present. Talk about a great present, we wish someone would give us a sports car for our birthday! Obviously the owner knew they were getting it, as it was ordered 9 months before the Stingray was released. It seems they had good taste, as they ordered it in red with a red interior and a four speed manual. Speaking of the interior, from what can be seen it looks to be in solid shape, but needs a good cleaning. We are curious to know where the extra parts sitting in the passenger side go though.

1963 Corvette Stingray

While we would love to give this Corvette a new home, it’s already out of our budget. We hope someone gives it a good garage to call home, but hopefully they will get it back on the road. Since we can’t have it, we will just have to keep dreaming! So if it were yours, would you put the fuel injection back on or would you leave it carbureted? Which would you go with and why?

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Comments

  1. dj

    The main reason those distributor driven fuel injection units were removed is because people messed with them who didn’t understand how they worked. And the next thing was taking them off. At least he has the unit to go back on it.

    • geomechs geomechs Member

      The FI units could be temperamental. The dry nature of gasoline tended to wear out the moving parts very quickly. Some owners dropped some 2-stroke engine oil into the gas and they worked fine. I sure would be skeptical of trying E-10 (or higher) in one of those systems now but maybe with additives like Stabil or Sea Foam, plus a little 2-stroke oil for added lube they will continue to the job they were designed to.

  2. Jim

    What is the car parked next to it? It appears to have a squirrel cage blower motor mounted in the front

    • geomechs geomechs Member

      That looks like an early 20s (or late teens) Franklin. Franklins were air cooled and the blowers looked like that right into the 30s.

  3. C Bryant

    I get a litle leary when a car is just posted on Ebay,has 15 bids and every one of them is private listing.He has added to the listing that the F.I. unit was in the front seat and don’t know how he could miss this.
    I can say this much.When a car has sat for 40 years in a humid climate(or anywhere) the humidity sets in on metal that has not been protected with oil.Great if a crankpart sits in oil but not that where oil has drip-dried over the years.
    On a rearend,if the top part has sat dry,moisture accumulates on the exposed part and pits the metal.This can result in a weak spot in the gears and start a crack that you will hear from at speed.All is great if inspected first but once things have been moved good luck.
    I see some pitting on the fender F.I. emblems and only hope that’s the least of it.
    The car does have good miles going for it and probably a good chance it hasn’t been “popped” in it’s lifetime.
    Someone can convert their sweat equity into some profit if it doesn’t get too much higher.
    Incidentally,I’ve had Corvettes for 45 years and have heard it all in horror stories.

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    • Mitch

      The bidders show private because the seller set it to a private listing. Every bidder will show up that way.

  4. rancho bella

    I think when it’s time to sell one of my old cars,
    I’ll spread some drywall dust and “cobwebs in a can” so I too can sell a garage find.

    :)

    • paul

      Yeah what is that stuff?

  5. Connor

    ‘Sadly, this one is one of the split window coupes, but a convertible with a removable hardtop.’
    Eh?

  6. Nova

    At best I’d say he has a ” story ” not necessarily actual history of the car.

    ” THE INTERIOR IS IN GREAT SHAPE WITH NO RIPS OR TEARS AS BEST AS I CAN TELL. ”

    A simple review of the interior shows me: a complete, but non the less sun-baked interior, with drivers seat ripped and the piece curled up. Definitely a far cry from the sellers words.

    I would lean more to the conspiracy type stance of ” rancho bella “.

    And as far as:

    ” I AM CURRENTLY TRYING TO FIND OUT ALL THE DETAILS TO ALL THE INFORMATION WITH REGARDS TO EXACTLY WHAT PRODUCTION NUMBER THIS CAR WAS OFF THE ASSEMBLY LINE, ETC. ”

    Provide the vin# and production queries will be revealed, early late etc.

  7. MacVaugh

    Bids over $25,000 are always concealed so bidders can’t see if one person it bidding aginst another or if three or more are involved.

    • Nova

      Blah blah blah…negative.

      • Nova

        I guess a more politically correct AND factual response would be Mitch’s statement:

        ” Mitch
        The bidders show private because the seller set it to a private listing. Every bidder will show up that way. “

  8. Alan

    Hmmm.
    Piling it pretty high…. $45K, “private sale”, seller with very limited number of transactions, and less than a year history of all private sales…. Yep. a PHD is going on here.

    This car has been subjected to jungle-rot level of humidity. Sun baked driver’s seat? Yea, maybe. But more importantly, that is not dust all over the interior, it is mold. Notice how it appears even under the shade arch over the instruments? Wet, wet, wet…..

    This car is NOT and easy resto, by any stretch.

  9. Chris

    “All original” Not with a carby instead of F.I. That said, I wouldn’t say no if you teleported it
    onto my driveway…..

  10. 62Lotus7

    I think the car parked next to it is a late twenties Franklin 7 passenger sedan with an aircooled inline six of about 3.5 liters. There’s one in the J&R Museum here in New Mexico with a spare engine displayed next to it. That’s the cooling fan and ducting you see in the photo.

  11. John Allison

    I see red on this one! O.o RED FLAGS!! All the mold and fine sand that blew in on the car and in the carb! The oil would look clean after all those years sitting dormant..all the crap settles to the bottom! Looks like the young driver rode it hard and put it away wet?

  12. Nova

    Well he’s revealed part of the vin #:

    VIN # = 30867S1..490

    Not sure why he’d leave those two digits out, but if the car is an early one as he states they should be ” 00 “. Based on that, It’s born date would be Sept 26 or 27 1962.

    The following data is from the Corvette C2 Registry:

    The 100003 (4th car manufactured, based on 100000 being the first) has a listed born date of Sept 18 1962

    100477 is…Sept 26 1962

    100523 is…Sept 27 1962

    So for anyone interested in the car it is an early car but by no means a pilot car or major significance beyond being presented as a fuelie car.

    Just my 2 cents

    Nova

  13. Scott Allison

    The least the guy could do is give it a bath!
    And clean up that mold!

  14. Dolphin Member

    Bid to $60,150. Did not make the reserve. Seller would not show the car to anyone because ‘hundreds’ of people were interested, but guaranteed satisfaction or the deal would be cancelled.

    I’m with rancho. Looks like it’s been sprinkled with drywall powder. Then some of it has been rubbed off, abrading paint & glass. That, and saying ‘THE INTERIOR IS IN GREAT SHAPE WITH NO RIPS OR TEARS AS BEST AS I CAN TELL’ when it clearly isn’t would likely be dealbreakers for most people.

    The SCM Guide has these starting at $77K and up for a #2 car, so if what someone wants is a nice driver they don’t need to do this deal for a car that needs everything.

  15. Steve

    Noticed the seller ended the auction. Wonder if he got nervous with the bidding so high and didn’t want to get caught in a possible lie.

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