This 1963 Split-Window FUELIE 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
The very desirable color combination of Daytona blue with vinyl saddle tan interior was the lucky recipient of a full ground-up restoration some years ago 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 360hp Fuel injected engine option in 1963.
Over the past year, the owner has replaced those common service components that had been replaced over the years with units having incorrect date codes. 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 of 1963 production car.
In addition the 327 Motor, Rochester Fuel Injector, and Muncie Transmission were professionally rebuilt. The block has all the correct castings #s (3782870) and date codes for a June 8th 1963 production 327 Fuelie. Everything on the car works as it was designed with the exception of the radio and clock which needs rebuilding. It 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 and supports the fact that the car has been well stored since the restoration was completed sometime in the 1990’s. The Kelsey Hayes Alloy Wheels with 3-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.
The car is to be auctioned at the Owls Head Museum Auction August 17-18th, 2018 with a clear New Hampshire Title and Bill of Sale. Please see Owls Head Auction for additional info.