Keith Martin, publisher of Sports Car Market and Corvette Market magazines is offering his 1963 Corvette Coupe for sale on eBay. Keith is very well known in the collector car market and several of his publications feature photos of him with this Corvette, including his book “Keith Martin’s Guide to Car Collecting“. The Corvette was part of the ever rotating stable of collectibles that are used by Sports Car Market staff and to make room for some new additions, the Sebring Silver split window has to go.
Martin has owned the 1963 Split Window Coupe for nearly three years and like all cars in the SCM collection, has kept the Corvette in driver ready condition. Any classic Corvette owner will tell you they need to be driven regularly and according to Martin, this one is ready for show or go. “We wouldnâ€™t hesitate to get in it and hit Route 66 tomorrow.” says the eBay description.
The cosmetics are very presentable with decent paint, chrome and panel gaps. The interior’s carpet, door panels and dash show very well. Heck, even the clock works!
It’s interesting to note that the 1963 Corvette Coupe features a non-matching engine that was cobbled together from various sources. Interchangeability is one of the hallmarks of Chevyâ€™s smallblock V8s and the builder of this engine apparently took full advantage of that fact. The block (3892657) is from a 1967 car or truck, but was not offered in a Corvette. The heads come from a 1970-80 350 passenger car. Build date code on them shows September 30, 1974 and the intake is from a 1966-67 327/350 Nova/Chevy II/Corvette. What’s remarkable about this Frankenstein is how good it looks with the finned Corvette valve covers and chrome air cleaner.
The Corvette was subject of a detailed analysis by Colin Comer, a regular contributor to Corvette Market and author of the book “Million Dollar Muscle Cars”. You can read his walkthrough of the engine and drive train at Sports Car Market. As there is no original documentation to go on, the clues lead Comer to believe that the Corvette was originally equipped with a 327 ci 340 hp engine.
Although today was the first day the Corvette was available on eBay, it already broke through the reserve price and is currently listed at $40,100 with 17 bids place. The auction ends on May 12th.