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1963 Chevrolet Corvette

Convertible
Mecum Dallas 2021
Wednesday, 8 September - Saturday, 11 September 2021
$75,900
Sale Price
Yes
Reserve
10 September 2021
Sold Date
F143
Lot Number
#2-
Unrestored original
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. 30867S110381. Daytona Red over black vinyl. 327/300hp L75, 4-speed, hardtop, spinner wheel covers, Firestone tires.

Evaluation: NCRS Top Flight award and Bloomington Gold certified. All original and far too good to restore. Unremarkable in terms of equipment but the lightly aged paint and chrome, the nicely mellowed interior, and the consistently maintained engine bay make this ‘63 a preservation class highlight.

Bottom Line: There are vintage cars out there that are so impressive in their originality that they can sell for as much as or more than an objectively cleaner restored car. This ’63 convertible is one of them. It attracted a middling $52,000 high bid at Leake’s August online sale last year and a $50,000 high at Mecum Tulsa this year but the seller reasonably said no both times. Although it rarely works out that way for cars making the auction rounds, the third time was the charm in Dallas and it got the attention it deserved. This is a sensible price for it.

by Andrew Newton
16 September 2021
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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