1963 Chevrolet Corvette

Bonhams Amelia Island 2023
Thursday, 2 March
Sale Price
$120,000 - $180,000
Est. Range
2 March 2023
Sold Date
Lot Number
Visually maintained, largely original
Auction House
Chassis no. 30837S120537; Engine no. 3120537 F07I8S0. Riverside Red over red vinyl. 327/250hp, Powerglide, N03 "big tank," 3.08 Positraction, factory air conditioning, centerlock wheels, AM/FM Radio, power windows.

Evaluation: Aged paint has some hazing. Filled dings in the left fender and a noticeable paint chip on the right door. Weather stripping is old and cracked. Chrome is dull, the engine compartment is aged and dirty, and the underside is aged and oxidized. The interior shows age and some pitting on chrome bits like the horn button. A largely original car with rare but odd options.

Bottom Line: This is a real head-scratcher. One the one hand, the story is kind of interesting, the options are very rare, and the preservation is somewhat impressive. Bought new by a fellow in Houston, he optioned it with the large N03 “big tank” (a $202.30 option) not for long-distance racing but for practicality so he could make it from Houston to his ranch over three hours away in the country and back without having to fill up. The base 327 and Powerglide, meanwhile, were for comfort and practicality.

On the other hand, while rare options are everything in the Corvette world, these options aren’t particularly exciting. At least two bidders appear to disagree, because this price defies logic. Better equipped and better preserved Split Windows have sold for less.

by Andrew Newton
8 April 2023

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