This 1963 Split-Window, Fuel-Injected Corvette is as “close as we could get it to the condition it would have been in when it was driven off the lot at Don Steves Chevrolet (La Habra California) in 1963,” according to the consignor. Painted in Daytona Blue with a saddle tan interior, this Corvette was the lucky recipient of a full ground-up restoration in the mid 1990s and has been enjoyed sparingly since. Numbers show that this is one of approximately 1,200 split-window Corvette coupes that left the factory with the rare 360 hp fuel-injected engine option in 1963.
In the last year, the owner has replaced common service components that have been replaced over the years with correct dated componets. All items like the alternator, radiator, brake master cylinder, starter, regulator and oil filter canister have been replaced with correct-date-coded units for a June 1963 production car.
In addition to the frame-off body restoration, the 327/ 360 hp (L-84) engine, Rochester fuel injector, and Muncie transmission with a new clutch and throw out bearing were professionally rebuilt. The block has all the correct castings numbers (3782870) and date codes for a June 8, 1963 production 327 ci fuel-injected engine. The original engine block experienced a connecting rod failure; as a result, a great deal of time and searching went into finding a correct-date-coded, original block. The heads on the engine as well as the manifolds are correct and original to the car. The engine rebuild included rebuilding the heads and installing new valve guides, springs, lifters, cam, .060 over pistons, rod and main bearings, new oil pump, and ARP rod bolts, and the engine was line bored and balanced. The engine stamp was re-stamped with the original codes and serial number to NCRS standards. The original fuel-injected block with matching numbers does come with the car.
Everything on the car works as it was designed to with the exception of the radio and clock. This Corvette starts easily, shifts smoothly and tracks well going down the road. The brakes, suspension and steering all feel as they should. The level of restoration includes such details as factory hand markings on the side of the frame and other locations as were seen originally when the car was new. The paint shows a few minor age blemishes under close scrutiny but is overall still exceptionally nice in appearance.
The interior is also in excellent condition, attesting to the fact that the car has been well stored since the restoration was completed in the 1990s. The Kelsey Hayes alloy wheels with three-eared knock-offs are original, period correct for 1963 and in excellent condition.
This car is well sorted and ready for immediate use. Records of the two previous owners dating back to 1999 will be provided to the buyer.
Sold with a title.