If you’re looking for a 1963 Corvette Z06 to add to your collection, you’ll have to look very hard to find one much better than this example that will be available at Mecum’s Kissimmee Auction set for Jan. 15-24.
The car’s history can be traced back to the original owner in Texas, a sportsman racer who used it extensively in SCCA competition in the central U.S. and Midwest.
The car then passed through several owners before Corvette specialist Marty Fowler performed a body-off restoration that spanned five years (1979 to 1984) using only NOS or refurbished original parts, including GM factory-supplied Sebring Silver paint.
Such attention to detail means this Z06 has the “right stuff,” down to the tar-top battery and T3 headlights.
Naturally, such a strong restoration means the car has since achieved Bloomington Gold Certification, Special Collection and Hall of Fame induction, and NCRS Top Flight certification.
The new owner will receive all those award certificates, along with the original sales brochure, owner’s manual, warranty booklet, and owner’s packet with contents and previous owner search.
The car has been part of Dr. Vance Shappley’s collection for 35-plus years.
Of course, enthusiasts know that the Z06 was designed for racing and this one includes the L84 327/360 HP fuel-injected V-8 and 4-speed manual transmission, power brakes with dual circuit master cylinder, metallic brake shoes, backing plate air scoops and heavy-duty suspension, along with 6.70-15 6-ply nylon blackwall tires, full-size spinner wheel covers, and Delco AM Wonderbar radio.
This example is impressive just to be one of the 199 Z06 models made in 1963, but it’s even more notable since it’s one of just 63 Z06 Corvettes factory-equipped with the extremely rare N03 36-gallon fuel tank.
Even better, such historically accurate cars aren’t always so beautiful to the eye, but this one is absolutely stunning with its Sebring Silver paint over the very rare red interior.
The car was built on Valentine’s Day in 1963, and some lucky person will receive a nice Valentine’s gift this year with this car. It won’t come cheap, though, as it’s expected to bring $600,000 to $750,000!