In the midst of the Space Age, imagine the excitement when the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray rolled into showrooms in the fall of 1962, looking like nothing short of a futuristic rocket ship itself.
The introduction of the second-generation Corvette took the nation by storm, and with no pandemic to hinder production, Chevrolet was able to build a record number of Corvettes at its St. Louis factory, with nearly an equal number of convertibles (10,919) and coupes (10,594) produced. Six decades later, it may be hard for young people to believe, but the ’63 marked the first time Corvettes were available as coupes, and in very cool split-window fashion no less.
We tell you all this because with such limited numbers produced, any ’63 Corvette is worth taking a look at, even this convertible that does not run or roll and has a rotted frame and suspension.
Despite those negatives, interest has been high in this ’63 barn find currently up for sale on eBay, with 23 bids pushing the highest offer to $14,500 as of 5 p.m. Monday. You can still place your bid through Thursday at 4:50 p.m.
According to the listing, this Corvette remains “in the condition we pulled it from its previous resting place.” It could have been there since 1979 since that’s what the decal on the license plate says. There’s also a University of New Haven student parking permit that expired 9-1-74.
The car obviously needs a lot of TLC, but it does have some positives, including the claim that all visible areas of the birdcage appear to be in “great condition,” according to the seller. He also points out it has a “very straight body,” with only a “minor repair to right front.” The car is also said to have had the same owner for 52 years.
The car isn’t numbers matching, though in this case a new owner might want to install a crate motor on the way to a full-fledged restomod.
First, though, if you’re interested in this classic C2, you’ll need to pick it up with a flatbed, since the seller points out that it will not roll onto a trailer. Still, we have hopes that one day, this Sting Ray will be restored to its former glory, rolling down highways, bringing joy to a new owner after so many years of neglect, don’t you?
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