Stored 25 Years: 1963 Chevy Corvette Convertible

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This 1963 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is claimed to be a genuine 327/340 4-speed car that has recently emerged from long-term storage by an owner of 25 years. The Corvette looks quite good in photos and the seller says all numbers match. We love seeing the “as found” pictures, and this example looks to be an enticing survivor. Find it here on eBay with bidding over $35,000 and the reserve unmet. 

I don’t know what your dreams are made of, but this is the stuff of pure gearhead fantasy right here. A perfectly cluttered garage – not piled high with boxes, but definitely a tight squeeze – and a beautifully preserved Corvette in the middle of the pleasant chaos within. Great colors too, but the seller notes this one comes without a hardtop.

It does start and run well, but the brakes need attention. The Corvette may have been found in a cluttered garage, but I’m willing to bet it saw the road now and again. The seller further notes that he managed to get an NCRS judge to evaluate the car and dubbed it an untouched original in excellent condition.

The photos of the Corvette being wheeled out certainly gets the blood pumping, but this may also be the case of a regularly used car simply going to a new home (we’ve seen seller over-hype the barn find-aspect of the item they have for sale.) Do any of our Corvette experts see any signs of this Corvette missing key period-correct original details? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. SlickB

    A while back I stated I wouldn’t mind having a convertible corvette….
    I am going to go talk to the bank and other powers that be.

    Like 13
  2. 71FXSuperGlide

    Why, why, WHY would someone not be driving this great car and enjoying it??

    I will never understand it.

    Like 16
  3. Jay Wilson

    No scatter shields on the distributor, ignition wires, etc.

    Like 4
    • JOHN R GOODMANMember

      I assume you mean “ignition shielding”?

      Like 3
  4. Wayne

    I read not touched original condition. I am no Corvette expert. But I was under the impression that the metal housing/Ignition shield over the distributor was there until C4. Am I wrong?

    Like 5
    • Ronald Ford

      I not either but was around when these cars were new and sometimes after maintenance on the wires and distributor etc. the shield never made it back on the car, If you look at the ebay listing really close in the engine picture there is a bracket on the left rear holding the plug wires vertical and what appears to be a screw hole on a flat square above the wires I am assuming to hold the shield up.

      Like 4
      • Andre

        Not the case on this one, but my understanding is non-radio cars didn’t have ignition shielding from the factory.

        Like 7
      • Karl D Sielaff

        I own a 63 340 Hp and you are correct.

        Like 2
    • Bret 63 convertible

      most of those shields were removed and thrown out early. They were a “pain in the ass and sharp as hell.”

      quote from my father.
      63conv new1owner

      Like 0
  5. RicK

    Why would you wait until there was snow on the ground to break it out of storage? Leave in inside for a few more weeks or months or whatever and wait for Spring or whatever – no hurry, its already sat for 25 years, what’s the rush.

    Like 13
  6. Bob S

    That garage is not cluttered. Cluttered, is my garage, where I have so many tools waiting for my new garage, and they occupy so much space that I don’t have room for a car in there right now.
    I love the car, and am a lifetime lover of the 327. I had a 64 Coupe with the 300 horse 327, that gave me many years of reliable service under adverse conditions.
    I would love to buy this car. The colour matches my old plastic pig, but my wife will not allow me to buy any car other than the one I sold.
    BTW, The name plastic pig, was a loving moniker that was a result of the noises the body made while driving in those minus 40 degree winters in the Prairies, where I was stationed at the time.

    Like 4
  7. mainlymuscle

    You had me right up until the under carriage pic.There is only one,but it is pretty gross.It would be nice to see that report from the NCRS dude,is it original paint etc ?I think I see a paint edge in front of the cowl vent.I will say there are some great signs,like no pitting whatsoever on the interior bling, and amazingly clean ID plates.C2 prices have softened but not true survivors.High horse 4 speed survivor could do 6 figures IF everything checks out,but not with a re-paint,or that under carriage.Fantastic car regardless.

    Like 2
  8. Tommy

    I’ve owned a few Corvettes and I noticed that the VIN plate in the eBay photos appeared to be altered. The plate is usually attached with rivets called “Rosettes”, these rivets can’t be bought easily. This VIN plate appeared to be removed and then tack welded back on….or maybe this is not the original VIN? I’m surprised that the NCRS person didn’t note this. That being said, the car looks very clean, I would love to own it.

    Like 1
    • leiniedude leiniedudeMember

      I thought the same Tommy, no shortage of rosette rivets for sale. I wonder about the ‘NCRS judge just inspected and found it to be untouched original excellent condition’ comment also. Did they miss the convertable top replacement? I would think that would be huge!

      Like 0

        That VIN plate is very suspicious looking for a one owner car. You might want to stay away from this puppy.

        Like 0
    • moosie Craig M Bryda

      G M started the rosettes for the ’65 model year. Previous years were spot welded .

      Like 7
  9. PRA4SNW

    This car should have the chrome ignition shielding. In the picture of the power steering pump (or whatever it is), you can see the spark plug shielding is still there, which is amazing because that is usually the item that gets tossed first.

    Also, this car needs more and better pictures to get a real sense of its condition. Having the car on the lift and then only providing one underside pic should make a potential buyer suspicious.

    Like 2
  10. LodeStar

    Originality is OVER RATED. Give ME a well tuned, fine running, numbers matching, C-2 like this one and YOU can spend the rest of your life trying to please those NCRS judges eye balling your NUTS and bolts..

    Like 12
  11. Squeeze

    Truly a disciplined investor. Or as, Mr. C. Eastwood said. “A man has to know his limitations!”

    Like 1

    No doubt, this car is beautiful, and worth a bunch. This would not be a mid year that I would buy, or even be able to afford. IF I ever get one, the numbers don’t have to match, the paint can be a respray, but it it has to have 4 speed, a. nd it has to love to burn rubber, and get a bit sideways. I’m glad the Vette that I want, is worth less than the NCRS Vettes. 67 BB Roadster would be my first choice, but, I also love high winding Small Blocks.

    Like 1
  13. Roy L Fuchs

    From my experience with true barn finds, most are put away with gas still in the tank. You need to remove the tank and rebuild the carburetor and don’t forget the radiator gets plugged up. After you get it running, you can work on the brakes and of course new tires.

    Like 0
  14. AC Z

    This is an Illinois car. Heart of the rust belt. Better have a very close look at the bottom side or it could get real expensive real fast. From the photo of the rear suspension, it has plenty of exposure. Should have the ignition shielding. The VIN plate is very typical of a 63. If it was riveted, you would be best to notify the State Police.

    Like 0
  15. stillrunners

    Have we seen this one before…..that radio thing rings a bell….

    Like 0
  16. Ken S

    Just hard to believe so many people have ’60s Corvettes sitting in their garage or barn for 25-30 years – Oh! Wait! My wife’s cousin has one! Her husband bought it 40 or so years ago – ’63 Split Window Coupe – needs some work. He didn’t have the time – worked two jobs, plus farmed a couple of hundred acres. Retirement project. He retired several years ago – died shortly after – never did get started on the car, which is still sitting in the barn. Will she sell it? No, kids or grandkids might want it some day.

    Like 1
  17. Roy L Fuchs

    You see that all the time. By the time she gets around to either selling it or giving it to a grandchild they will be driving flying cars.

    Like 1

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