One of the most desirable Corvettes is up for auction. This 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe will be featured at the upcoming Mecum Sale in Harrisburg, PA, scheduled for July 27-30.
Offered only in the first model year of the C2 Corvette with the convertible body style, the split window is prized by collectors for its rarity and the visual appeal of the bisected rear window. The split window, however, was not very practical as it obstructed the rear view.
That’s why it was only offered for one model year, while the Corvette coupe switched to a single continuous rear window for the rest of the C2 series. The design, however, has become iconic, inspiring some modern copies. Chevy was even reportedly considering a split-window design for the C8 Corvette.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe (Photo by Mecum Auctions)
The car up for auction is also one of only 2,610 cars built with the 327-cubic-inch fuel-injected V-8 engine. The numbers-matching V-8 sends 360 horsepower to the rear wheels through a 4-speed manual transmission. The tach reads 7,000 rpm and the speedometer tops out at 160 mph.
Finished in Sebring Silver with a black interior, this car has been completely restored with new door panels, carpet and headliner, among other fixes, according to the listing. It is a multiple winner of the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) Best Flight Award and a Bloomington Gold Certificate, attesting to the obvious quality of the restoration.
Mecum didn’t release a pre-auction estimate, but the split window and fuel-injected 327 engine combination should fetch a hefty sum at the upcoming auction in the Keystone State. For reference, a similar car sold for $190,000 on Bring a Trailer last month.