If you think you’ve seen every imaginable version of a 1963 Corvette out there, you might want to check out this listing from Terry Michaelis and our friends at ProTeam Corvettes in Napoleon, Ohio.
While some folks have just started doing resto-mod ’63s in the past few years, this custom split window coupe was actually restyled in late 1963 by Farhner custom shop of Kansas City, Missouri from a brand new factory model showing less than 100 miles on the odometer.
It became known as “The Outer Limits,” and one look at its futuristic design will tell you why. While ProTeam admits in its listing that “this car is kind of ugly BUT a very Kool kind-of-ugly!!” we actually like it!
A few details about what makes the car so unique: The wheel wells were radiused and the fender tops were heightened and finned outward. Electrical solenoids replaced the shaved door handles, and side pipes were added (remember, this was two years before these were available from the factory). It has no front or rear chrome bumpers at all, and the taillights are just a thin bar pushed to the right, broken up by a place for the license plate at the far left (just below a chrome fuel filler cap in an indention to the left of the split window). A custom screw gear mechanism was used to open the hood for show car displays.
And this car is definitely a show car! It was featured in Rod and Custom magazine back in the day, and Robert Peterson of the Peterson Museum bought it and displayed it for many years, turning it into a Los Angeles icon. The car was actually restored in the 1970s and then shown at the Car Craft Street Machine Nationals.
The custom Sting Ray features a stunning Pearl White with white leather interior, red carpet, an asymmetrical modified dash, a shooting star theme on the headliner, five-star custom wheels, and a high performance V8 that still runs very strong with a Muncie 4-speed and 3.36 posi-traction rear end.
ProTeam says the car also features thousands of dollars worth of custom chrome plating, noting that the under car and chassis are “absolute jewelry!!!”
The new owner will also get full documentation with a detailed build sheet and old display photos, and ProTeam believes that it would cost more than $200,000 to replicate the car today.
Now the car is out of the museum and has been recently inspected and serviced by a Corvette specialist in the LA area – and is being offered by ProTeam at the very reasonable price of $80,000 for a piece of auto custom history.
As ProTeam concludes in the listing, “old customs seldom die as seen with many other Barris inspired cars of the 50’s, ’60’s, and ’70’s.”
The Outer Limits 1963 Corvette is currently listed at ProTeam Corvette for $80,000. For more on this or any other Corvette at ProTeam, contact Terry Michaelis at 888-592-5086 or visit them at www.proteamcorvette.com.
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