White 1963 Corvette split-window coupes with whitewall tires and hubcaps just seem to have the look of a classy car.
This one is no exception as it belonged to an unnamed General Motors executive for the first seven years of its life.
That GM official apparently enjoyed his Corvette, which has the distinction of being one of the first 30 split windows to be produced at the St. Louis factory on Sept. 7, 1962, racking up many miles of enjoyment before selling it for just $1,500 to a collector in 1970.
Now the car – bearing serial number 00049 – is going up for sale again, this time at the Mecum Auction to be held Jan. 6-15 in Kissimmee, Florida. No doubt the price will be much higher this time, despite having 87,500 documented miles on the odometer.
This Corvette has been pampered, spending most of its life in a climate-controlled garage and even being coated in petroleum jelly to preserve it.
John Ballard judged the car in the Top Flight category at NCRS and it received 2nd Flight award.
It hasn’t been restored to this day because it’s been maintained in such good original condition. That includes the numbers-matching 327/300 horsepower engine and GM/Borg Warner four-speed manual transmission, along with a gorgeous original red interior and dash. Other equipment includes power windows and the original AM/FM radio.
With Sting Rays in such high demand these days, don’t be surprised to see this one find a new pampered home with a new owner willing to shell out big bucks for a car said to be one of just six survivors from that original first batch of 30 split-window coupes.
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