The 1963 Chevy Corvette is quite a special car in ‘Vette history. It was the first of the new C2 shape, a dramatic new design and the first major new look since the Corvette’s inception in 1953.
Previously only available as a convertible the Corvette was now available as a beautiful coupe. 1963 however, was the only year they used a (controversial at the time) split rear window in the coupe.
While sales were 33% better than in 1962 there were only 21,513 Corvettes made for 1963 and of that number only 10,594 were coupes, making these split window cars very desirable.
While it is painful and hard to imagine now, shortly after the 1964 models were released with one-piece rear windows, a kit was available to convert 1963 coupes to one-piece glass. Those that had that conversion done have obviously lost value leaving the remaining original split windows even scarcer.
The wheelbase was reduced by 4 inches and compared to its 1962 predecessor and it was the first time they had used independent rear suspension.
The new models actually used twice as much steel in its central body structure. However, with the reduction in quantity of fibreglass and other savings the overall weight was actually less on the new models.
While all 1963 Corvettes were fitted with a 327 V8 under the hood, it did come in four different outputs. The 250 horsepower version was standard. This particular car has the very desirable 340 horsepower version. Paired with a 4-speed manual transmission this would have cost an original buyer a further $296.
A Corvette Coupe had a base price of $4,252 for the 1963 model year costing around $215 more than the convertible.