One of the vital fascinating Corvettes is headed to public sale. This 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window coupe will cross the block at an upcoming Mecum sale in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, scheduled for July 27-30.
Solely supplied throughout the C2 Corvette’s first mannequin yr alongside the convertible physique fashion, the break up window is prized by collectors for its rarity and the visible enchantment of its bisected rear window. The break up window wasn’t very sensible, nonetheless, because it hampered rear visibility.
That is why it was solely supplied for a single mannequin yr, with the Corvette coupe switching to a single steady rear window for the remainder of the C2’s manufacturing run. The design nonetheless grew to become iconic, inspiring some modern-day replicas. Chevy even reportedly thought-about a split-window design for the C8 Corvette.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette break up window coupe (photograph through Mecum Auctions)
The automobile up for public sale can be considered one of simply 2,610 constructed with the fuel-injected 327-cubic-inch V-8 engine. The numbers-matching V-8 sends 360 hp to the rear wheels by way of a 4-speed handbook transmission. The tachometer reads to 7,000 rpm, whereas the speedometer goes as much as 160 mph.
Completed in Sebring Silver with a black inside, this automobile is totally restored, with new door panels, carpet, and headliner, amongst different fixes, based on the itemizing. It is a a number of Nationwide Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) Prime Flight award winner and Bloomington Gold Licensed, testifying to the obvious high quality of the restoration.
Mecum did not publish a pre-auction estimate, however the mixture of the break up window and fuel-injected 327 engine ought to command a princely sum on the upcoming public sale within the Keystone State. For reference, an identical automobile bought for $190,000 on Carry a Trailer final month.