Chevy says 10,594 of its new-fangled Corvette Sting Ray split-window coupes left the St. Louis factory during the 1963 model year.
So would you pay nearly a half-million dollars to say you own the last one ever built?
You can do just that right now on eBay, as body #10594 is being auctioned off with a “Buy It Now” price of $499,900. With 17 days left in the bidding, no one has yet made an offer.
Based on the photos accompanying the listing, the car is indeed in splendid condition, having undergone a recent restoration of the body and paint, described now as “flawless” by the seller.
The ’63 Sting Ray, of course, was the first time Chevy had offered the Corvette in coupe form and more importantly it was the only year they offered the controversial split-window coupe. The vision-blocking fiberglass strip – beloved by designer Bill Mitchell and loathed by chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov – was then removed from the rear windows of coupes produced during the remaining four years of the five-year C2 run.
Besides its distinction of being the last split-window coupe built, this car also has other desirable features, including its original matching-numbers drivetrain that includes a solid lifter 327/340 horsepower engine (one of 6,978 produced) and a Muncie 4-speed manual transmission and 4:11 Positraction rear axle.
Other rare options include leather interior (1,114 produced), power brakes (3,336), power steering (3,063), wood-grained steering wheel (130), and backup light (318, an option introduced late in the year).
“A lot of time and money was spent on the restoration,” the seller says. “This Split Window has undergone a ground-up restoration including the interior, exterior, and undercarriage components. The paint was just finished this year and is flawless. The original engine has never been out of the car.”
Calling it a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to buy the last SWC made, the seller points out that the car has been driven just 100 miles since being restored.
So, does having the last SWC mean a lot to you, or are you like Ricky Bobby and you’d prefer to have the first SWC made instead?