Lot 295 - 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
|Odometer reading||76,567 miles|
|Estimate||£43,000 - £48,000|
|Result||Sold - £44,800|
The Corvette Stingray had grown to be America's most popular sports car since its debut in 1953 but it was time for a change for the 1963-1967 models. Even the most superlative design grows whiskers after a decade and Chevrolet chief, Bill Mitchell, and stylist, Larry Shinoda, faced a tough task; to improve a living legend. Not only did they succeed but their creation turned into a modern classic and they created the most collectible Corvette of them all sending sales soaring to record levels. Seeds were planted by the Stingray Special racer and experimental XP-720 which displayed a smooth fastback profile and split back window. These and other styling details pivoting hidden headlights, doors cut into the roof, a swage line dip all wound up in the production Sting Ray. The four headlights aligned with the pointy frontend when shut, rotating open when needed. Luggage space grew, though lack of a boot lid earned few plaudits. There was less fibreglass but nearly twice as much steel in the sculptured body, which rode a shorter 98-inch wheelbase.
This stunning, matching numbers, Corvette Stingray roadster was purchased by the vendor directly from the USA where it had been part of the Dana Mecum's personal collection. Although completely original, this car has been restored to the highest of standards and only new parts have been used to replace any items as necessary. The original L76, 327ci engine giving 340hp has been completely rebuilt and runs perfectly on a premium fuel pump. The power is transferred through the original M20, four-speed gearbox to the 3.36 ratio rear differential. It was restored when it was coming up to 76,000 miles and the current mileage shows that the car has only covered about six hundred miles since then. This Corvette is finished in Daytona blue, with a new light tan soft top and lovely tan interior which has been professionally restored with new seat covers. The inner door panels are brand new along with new carpet kit, new headlining, new glove box door and new sill covers. All the instruments are correct and have been fully overhauled, the radio has been replaced with a period looking Custom Autosound AM/FM unit and everything else in the interior has been described as flawless. It is supplied with a V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate which expires in July 2015. This can only be described as in excellent condition, ready to be used and enjoyed with excellent investment potential.
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