Split Window Fuelie: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

When someone is contemplating spending their hard-earned cash on a classic car, many factors are worth considering. One is the vehicle’s seller because their attitude and knowledge can accurately indicate whether the car has received appropriate care and maintenance. That’s what makes this 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe an attractive proposition. It has just come off a nut-and-bolt restoration allowing it to score Bloomington Gold Certification. It is the tenth Corvette restored by the current owner, who is passionate about these iconic classics. The time is right for the ‘Vette to find a new home, so the seller has listed it here on eBay. Located in Lebanon, Indiana, the bidding has hit $130,100, although that is shy of the reserve.

The passion the owner feels for Corvettes is best reflected in their approach to this restoration. They elected the frame-off path to maximize their chances of perfection, utilizing many of the paint techniques used by Chevrolet in this classic’s production. The frame is spotless, wearing a consistent coat of black. The panels sport Riverside Red as per the Trim Tag in a single-stage process as employed by the factory. It shines magnificently, which is no surprise considering this ‘Vette has accumulated a mere five miles since the restoration ended last month. The fiberglass is flawless, with the trim, chrome, and glass having a factory-fresh appearance. The overall condition means this Split Window would not look out of place on a Chevrolet showroom floor. My greatest fear with this car is that the next owner may consider its condition too good for active service. I would hate to think that a classic of this caliber may be destined for display or museum duty. Its creators intended it to be driven and enjoyed, and that’s what it deserves.

The seller was unwilling to categorize this Corvette as numbers-matching for the Bloomington assessment process, but the engine block codes indicate that its engine is original. There was no genuinely slow offering within the 1963 Corvette range. It was just that some were faster than others. This classic’s original owner handed over the not inconsiderable sum of $430.40 for the legendary L84 fuel-injected 327ci V8. Only 2,610 buyers selected the L84 because it added more than 10% to the Corvette’s sticker price. Bolted to this Fuelie is a four-speed manual transmission that sends the engine’s 360hp to the Posi rear end. If someone pointed this Coupe at the ¼ mile, the journey would be a distant but pleasant memory in 14 seconds. The engine bay presents as superbly as the rest of the vehicle, and with only five miles under its belt, breaking in the drivetrain will fall to the next owner. They will be starting from a positive base because every component has been stripped and meticulously rebuilt to factory specifications. Mechanically, this Corvette needs nothing.

The seller kept their eye on the prize when returning this Corvette to its former glory. Its interior condition is showroom fresh, trimmed in striking red to compliment the exterior. There isn’t a mark or flaw anywhere, which is no surprise considering its recent history. The upholstered surfaces and carpet are spotless, while the gauges feature crisp markings and crystal clear lenses. The seller has even extended their quest for perfection to include the instruction tag on the radio controls. There’s little doubt that climbing aboard the Coupe would be like rewinding the clock to 1963.

While the C3 Corvette remains one of the most instantly recognizable American cars globally, the 1963 Split Window Coupe isn’t far behind. Produced for a single year, they are more popular and desirable now than when they rolled off the production line. This Corvette is stunning, and its Bloomington Gold Certification confirms that. It hasn’t hit the reserve, and I believe the bidding will need to climb beyond $170,000 before this occurs. While it may be beyond your means (it’s well beyond mine!), watching this auction could be entertaining. Why not drop us a comment with your best guess, and let’s see if someone can hit the nail on the head. That sounds like fun.

Comments

  1. alphasud Member

    Unfortunately all I can do is drool over this car a split window 4-speed fuelie. Sadly will never be able to afford one. That ship has sailed. Fortunately for me I would not have a red Corvette despite what the song says. Give me a light to medium blue or green and I’m all in.

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  2. Bick Banter

    It’s a very nice car and obviously an icon. But it continues to blow my mind that people have the disposable income to pay these kind of prices.

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  3. George Mattar

    What Bick Banter said. And now Bloomington Gold gives out their BS certification to a car without the original engine. I have been in the Corvette hobby since 1976. Guess what? Most old Corvettes have lost their original engines. 63 prices were stagnant for years. Now, a 340 hp coupe brings $200,000, surpassing the alleged Holy Grail 67 435s. This car will bring huge money.

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  4. Karl

    I am just not sure things get any better that THIS? Wow.

  5. chuck

    Back in the late 70’s, a guy I knew had a red 63 Fuelie just like this. Beautifully restored. Sold it for the eye watering price of $25k. Time machine please.

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  6. joenywf64

    The only slpit window ’63 that would be worth more(actually priceless!) is one i seen on a Chevy internal magazine cover a long time ago – that had a rear hatchback!! – even if it was just a pushmobile.
    I seriously doubt that car still exists because it was probably a clay model.
    I can not find an old pic of it online, tho.
    Can i assume all clay models were eventually destroyed because they would all eventually just fall apart after some time passed?

  7. V12 mech

    Bick, the SWC prices are the what the market dictates, what blows my mind is a new 4×4 pickup or decked out SUV can hit 60k or more , careful shopping of a classic in 100K plus range , and I know many that swing it, may turn out to be good decision, this particular car is going to be fussy to drive F.I. cars need high quality fuel and tuning run right.

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  8. Michael Cameron

    I could have bought a light blue 63 split window around 1970 for $500! The body shop that had it actually had to paint it orange to get someone to buy it! Crazy! I worked 7 days a week for $35 and just couldn’t afford it. I know it sounds crazy now!

  9. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    No sale at $145,200. Reserve Not Met.

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