One of the most iconic Corvette designs of all time is the 1963 Split Window Corvette Coupe. 1963 was the first year for a fixed roof coupe for Corvette and it was also the only year that the rear window was separated into two. It is sought after by collectors everywhere and always generates a crowd when a special one is available for sale.
And when we say special, its no wonder that collector John Justo had this ’63 Split Window as the crown jewel in his collection. An unrestored original with a mere 5,500 miles on the odometer, its also the winner of the most prestigious awards in the Corvette hobby.
This Riverside Red 1963 Corvette Sting Ray Sports Coupe was offered at Mecum’s 2013 Kissimmee auction and was scheduled for sale on Friday, January 25th.
This Corvette is powered by the 327/340 hp V8 engine – the most powerful carburated engine in the 1963 line-up – and is coupled to a four speed manual transmission.
Did we say award-winning? This 1963 Corvette has earned a Bloomington Gold certification and was a member of the 1995 Bloomington Gold Special Collection and the 1997 Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame. It also has an NCRS Top Flight award. Documentation includes the original sales invoice, window sticker, protect-o-plate and the original title copy.
All day long we saw experts examining the Red/Red Split Window including Corvette Repair’s Kevin Mackay and ProTeam’s Terry Michaelis. In fact, Terry told us to keep our eyes on this car which in our opinion is like getting financial advice from E.F. Hutton.
Sure enough, the buyers were out for this all original Corvette and when the hammer fell, the selling price was a remarkable $275,000. That’s good enough to be third on the list of the Top 11 Corvette sales at Mecum.
Here is our video of the Corvette which includes a walk-around and on-the-block coverage: