No Reserve: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Fuelie

If there are two words that really grab my attention when I’m looking at a car in an auction, it’s the words “No Reserve.” This 1963 Corvette Convertible is in just such an auction, so the highest bidder is going to get to take this one home, regardless of price. You will find the Corvette listed for sale here on Bring A Trailer. It is located in Alexandria, Virginia, and is being sold with a clean title. At the time of writing, bidding has reached $37,000 on the Corvette.

As you can see from the first photo, the Corvette has been in storage, and it had been there for quite a few years before it was brought out into the light of day by the current owner. The car doesn’t wear its original paint, having undergone a repaint a number of years ago. The paint is looking tired, with quite a few chips and marks on the body.

Given the fact that it isn’t the original paint, I’m guessing that the new owner will probably look at repainting it again to bring the exterior back to life. Some of the exterior trim items such as the bumpers could use a bit of a tidy up. The owner provides an enormous catalog of photos in the ad, and they show plenty of shots of the underside of the car. It looks like there have been some minor rust repairs performed on the car in the past, but apart from some surface corrosion, it looks to be quite clean under there.

The car features its numbers-matching L84 327ci V8, which is backed by a T10 transmission. The owner has put some work into reviving the car but says that there will be more for the new owner to do to get it right. The fuel injection system has been rebuilt, as have the brakes. It has also had a new radiator and fuel pump fitted, and some work on the suspension. Looking at the photos of the Corvette’s underside, it looks like it has also been fitted with a new exhaust.

The interior is complete, and while it looks quite reasonable, it isn’t perfect. The carpet is badly shredded on the driver’s side. The top of the dash also looks quite discolored, although it is also possible that this could be a layer of dust. The original radio is present, but it doesn’t work. The battery gauge, blower motor, and odometer are also inoperative. It would be interesting to give the interior a good clean to see how well it actually comes up.

This 1963 Corvette is an extremely desirable car, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the bidding gets quite spirited towards the end of the auction. It is a solid prospect for a restoration, or a few details could be cleaned up on it, and it could be used as it is. If you bought it, would you undertake a restoration, or would you leave it as it is?

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Comments

  1. ccrvtt

    If I bought this I wouldn’t have enough left over to do a total restoration. And that’s just fine with me. This car has earned the right to look like this. The wear and warts make it all the more desirable.

    Drive it. Enjoy it. Fix it one piece at a time. Restoring it would make it into a museum piece, a garage queen. Where’s the fun in that?

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  2. Jeremy

    When someone says “the 63 stingray is very desirable “,in my opinion it’s due to the fact that it’s a split window, the only year for that. But since it’s a convertible, the split window doesn’t exist. Just my lame observation

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  3. Barry Lamar

    Nice car, you know her ??

    Who remembers that commercial ?
    Hint: moo

  4. Gaspumpchas

    Sold for 53 large. Intact fuel system intact, don’t find them that complete much. Good luck to the new owner. sweet project.

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  5. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Whale…..that was nice…..

  6. Gene

    add another 50 to 65k for complete NCRS restoration and you just might be at market price …. maybe ….

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