Lot 193 - 1963 Chevrolet Corvette C2
|Odometer reading||81,803 miles|
|Estimate||£38,000 - £44,000|
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 such as pivoting hidden headlights, doors cut into the roof, and a swage line dip all wound up in the production Stingray. The four headlights aligned with the pointy front end 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.
Originally registered in Florida, this Corvette was registered in the UK in May 2018. The metallic blue coachwork is in good condition and is a colour that really suits the car; this is complemented by a blue interior. When requested, the 350 small block engine burst into life and sounded superb with no adverse rattles or noises. This super stylish 60s sports car is supplied with a number of invoices from its time in Florida; clearly this has been a car that has been well looked after. Supplied with a V5C registration document, this Chevrolet Corvette C2 is certainly a fun and interesting classic.