At least six 1963 Corvette split-window coupes will be on the block in January at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Not the least of which is this custom splitter magnificently done by Jeff Hayes and American Speed Shop.
This beauty came to our attention thanks to a post on the Gas Monkey Garage site, where crew member Johnathan points out that “custom” in the car world can sometimes be a little risky as “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” At the same time, he also believes that while custom done right may not always meet everyone’s taste requirements, all good work should be appreciated.
Case in point: this 1963 that looks smashing right off the bat in its candy apple red exterior.
Dig a little deeper, and you find even more reasons to appreciate this 21st century split-window coupe, which now features an Art Morrison Sport chassis and a new LS3 hot-cammed engine capable of 540 horses connected to a smooth new 5-speed automatic transmission.
Other mechanical updates include Vintage Air heat and air conditioning, power steering, a cool power hood, AM/FM Bluetooth stereo, Borla side pipes (one of our favorite touches), back-up camera (if this had been around back in the ‘60s, do you think Bill Mitchell might have gotten to keep his infamous split more than just one year?), Detroit Speed multi-speed wipers (not that this beauty will ever use them!), and custom-fabricated radiator cover, hood grille and rear belly pan.
Toss in Schott wheels, custom-made red line tires, a custom stainless fuel tank, and custom-made smoked glass, and you’ve made a nice car that much nicer.
Then there is the awesome interior that retains much of the original look, but updated with saddle-colored Brazilian leather, carbon-fiber accents, and extensive use of LED lights.
As Barrett-Jackson concludes on its website, “this Corvette has a high-quality fit and finish inside and out.”
We think this one definitely belongs in the “treasure” category, not the “trash” division. Check out the catalog listing of this fantastic 1963 Corvette restomod at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction.