The Last 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe

OK, this is not a Barn Find but it is a rare piece of history. This is the very last 1963 Split Window Coupe Corvette built by Chevrolet. There were 21,513 Corvettes built in 1963 and production was fairly evenly split between convertible and coupe models. There were 10,919 convertible Corvettes and 10,594 coupes built-in 1963. The coupes had production body numbers from 0001 to 10594. This is #10594 making it the last Corvette Coupe built-in 1963. The car is in immaculate condition and is located in Jackson, New Jersey. It is list for sale here on eBay for $499,900 with 13 days remaining in the listing. We appreciate Larry D. bringing this Corvette to our attention.

The car has recently completed an extensive restoration. The exterior is painted saddle tan and the interior is a matching saddle color. The car is propelled by a 340 horsepower 327 cubic inch V8 engine backed by a 4-speed manual transmission. This solid lifter engine is said to be numbers matching and runs great. The rear gears are a potent 4:11 ratio which should make this car fun to drive around town. The car also has positraction, power steering, and power brakes.

The saddle leather interior looks almost perfect except for the console armrest. The wood grain steering wheel looks nice too. The Corvette is said to be well document and known by the NCRS. The undercarriage is detailed nicely and this Corvette is as nice or nicer than new. The odometer is said to read 60,000 miles

The seller states that the restoration was recently finished and the car was painted this year. The original engine was not removed from the car and there have been about 100 miles put on the car since the restoration was finished. 1963 was the first year of the redesigned Corvette and is an iconic American symbol to many enthusiasts. If you’ve got the money, this would be a very nice car for a collector.

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Comments

  1. Moparman Member

    A VERY beautiful MUSEUM piece! Sadly I don’t think this car will ever again be used as originally intended. I think it would be a worthy addition to the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. GLWTA!! :-)

    Like 23
  2. bobhess bobhess Member

    Nice car but never saw one from the factory jacked up that high.

    Like 10
    • RayT Member

      Is the ride height caused by new springs and bushings, maybe? If so, I’d think the car might settle after a few thousand miles…

      Oh, wait….

      Like 14
      • 86_Vette_Convertible

        Had the ride height issue with the T-Bird when I had the springs replaced. Shop that did the work suggested putting a small bag of sand on each corner over the spring during the winter months to settle it down. Did that and it was the proper ride height in spring.
        At 1/2 million, no way will this one see the road again IMO. Such a shame.

        Like 7
    • Raymond Smith

      At least I wouldn’t have to struggle to climb up and out of that one.

      Like 11
  3. Ike Onick

    Another meaningless “milestone”. Who cares if it is the last 1963? They had to stop making every model year. And there have been about a million Corvettes made since this one. Big deal.

    Like 35
  4. Doug Walters

    And they didn’t come with that arm rest.

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  5. Charles Sawka

    I’m sure that GM built them to drive not sit and look pretty.

    Like 3
  6. OIL SLICK

    Possibly the ugliest color offered in 63

  7. smokeymotors

    I’m telling you right now the tail lights are in the WRONG position! to far inward,I own a 64 and a 62 these taillights are not right!

    Like 4
    • Gordo

      I think you’re on to something. From this picture it almost looks like the tail lights are centered over the exhaust pipe.

      https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/shopping?q=tbn:ANd9GcRcjKi5xZ4Pciw3PERmldmhmDHKy8DSloRxYxiRRJLdO13NZycpVMbFJB7b0w&usqp=CAE

      Like 1
      • smokeymotors

        @Gordo theres something odd about this, I park my 62 and 64 side by side and you can see the differences between the two generations, this one probably had modified after market six tail lights that a lot of corvette owners had done and during the restro they fixed the wrong ones! unless the factory used a prototype body that they wanted to use up that was never updated to production model? I’m 66 years old been into these vettes a long time.

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    • Gordo

      I think you’re on to something. From this picture it looks like taillights are almost centered over the tailpipe.

      https://ecklers.com.imgeng.in/media/catalog/product/cache/e8278bb62b6191f0a2c63cf38a3ced70/2/5/25-118436-1.jpg

      Like 1
    • moonglade

      That’s because of the backup light option.

    • Ike Onick

      Remember when some folks thought it was to cool to have six tail lights on a Corvette? Hmmmm.

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    • RC Hamilton

      This car was equipped with backup lights, which moved the taillights inward a bit.

      • Gordo

        Backup lights were a rare option, should have left them for the sake of originality.

  8. Billy

    1/2 million price on a nice $100k vette

    Like 3
  9. Dan D

    Nice ride, even with the suspected mods, but I don’t think he’ll rake in 500K for it.

  10. DuesenbergDino

    Restoration term gets thrown around a lot. Ad says engine was never removed since only body and paint were “restored”. 1/2 million for a repainted vette. Hmmm?

    Like 4
  11. Gordo

    Even with the typical 6 tail light mod the outer two are still centered over the exhaust pipe!

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/850476710862841354/

    Like 1
    • Mountainwoodie

      I’m guessing they removed the original oiutboard light and kept
      the added inboard third……….or its is an unknown prototype :)

      Cue Patsy Cline’s ‘Crazy”

      Like 1
  12. FOX

    The inside tail light should be on the outside as that would be the correct position, they moved the wrong light!

  13. John L.

    For the money being asked for this car, I would expect a better restoration, than what shows here. I think the seller has binged too much on Barrett-Jackson.

    Like 1
  14. Steven Brown

    This car is only worth 250k max now restored. Never reach close to that 68 69 L88 could fetch 300k maybe.

  15. R Prena

    Carpet is a bit tired, I will pass.

  16. O myer

    if you look at the pic in ebay with the VIN tag plate the story becomes funny.

    • Gordo

      I see the VIN production number,121481, does not match up to the body number,10594, is that an issue or common practice at GM in 1963?

      • Billy

        The 10594 is on the TRIM Tag and is not the VIN tag. The number represents the body assy number that came out of one of two assy plants. AO Smith or ST. Louis.

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  17. Ken B

    That arm rest looks like 1964. There were quite a few subtle differences between the ’63 and ’64 besides the obvious elimination of the split window and I’m sure the parts were interchangeable

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    • Ike Onick

      If that is the last 1963, there would be no surprise if there were a bunch of 1964 parts on it. It was a factory not an operating room. It was OK to pick stuff up off the floor to finish a job.

  18. Billy

    From 63 to 67 the tail light panel has the same mounting locations for the tail lights regardless of the back up light option. In 66 the back up light was standard. in 67 the back up lights were moved to a separate center location.

    This 63 looks like it had the third tail light modification (common for the 60s) and the outside lights were filled in in error.

    Like 1
  19. Gordo

    I take it from what you are saying then that the mismatch of the two numbers is not an issue and the owners claim to have the last split window made is legit.

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