1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360
· Original fuel injected 327ci 360hp V8
· Covered in correct Tuxedo Black
· Manual drum brakes
· Original Borg-Warner T10 4-speed manual transmission
· Black vinyl interior
· 2-year frame-off restoration
· 15" Steel rims
· NCRS TOP FLIGHT
· BLOOMINGTON GOLD
· TRIPLE CROWN AND TRIPLE DIAMOND WINNER!
· COMES WITH ALL DOCUMENTATION BACK TO ORIGINAL OWNER!
When the topic of most desirable Corvette comes up, numbers like L88, Z06, LT-1, and ZR-1 are inevitably thrown into the mix. Each represents a performance peak and, when it comes to collectability, that's always a big deal. The one model that probably could have gotten by on looks alone was the '63 roadster. This particular '63 is the beneficiary of a complete 2-year body-off restoration that brought the car back to showroom condition. And adding to its rarity is the fact that it came equipped with the top of the line 360hp 327ci V8 and a Borg Warner 4-speed manual. Still housing that original drivetrain, the car is a blast to drive and its authenticity makes this roadster a great addition to any collection.
Before we get too far, let's first decode the VIN and Trim Tag:
• 3: 1963
• 08: Corvette
• 67: Roadster
• S: St. Louis Assembly plant
• XXXXXX: Basic production number
• Style – 63 867: 1963 Corvette Convertible
• Body – 3320: 3,320 Production serial number
• Trim – BLK: Black vinyl interior
• Paint – 900A: Tuxedo Black
Purchased in 2010 from a private party the triple black roadster was in desperate need of a restoration. Fast forward through the extensive 2-year frame off restoration and now it sits as a pristine example of a '63 roadster. With its original numbers matching drivetrain and slick Tuxedo Black paint scheme, this C2 is ready to take home awards at the local and national scene. The incredible look starts with a smooth correct coat of single stage Black Paint and buffed to a killer wet-look shine. The result is one simplistic but striking classic which has just enough detail to seem fresh even as its design ticks ever closer to 50 years old.
While paint and body make a great first impression, a closer look reveals equally impressive details. Up front, the traditional body-width stainless grille is flanked by two chrome-detailed parking lights protected by a wrap-around razorblade chrome front bumper. At the top of the car, a smooth header panel and traditional hood lead the eye to a new windshield that's framed by bright stainless trim, cleared by stainless wipers and capped by a black fabric top. At the sides of the car, a clean black profile lets the body's lines do the talking by featuring traditional fender louvers, clean rocker trim and classic chrome door handles as its only visual distractions. And out back, a cross flag-branded fuel filler is perfectly centered above a body-matched tag insert, four chrome-trimmed brake lights, two 'razor blade' bumpers and two polished tail pipes that are incorporated into the rear bumper.
As mentioned, the car carries its original top of the line 327ci 360hp V8 and one look is all it takes to confirm that. A closer look at the small block reveals a 3782870 casting number, a January 18, 1963 assembly date, and an 'RF' suffix code that verifies its basic credentials. Holding the title of “World's most powerful, naturally aspirated single-cam V8” until the debut of Chevrolet's 2001 Corvette Z06, this impressive small block utilizes wide-bore casting, a forged steel crank, forged pistons and a hot cam to turn stout 10.5 to 1 compression into a solid 360 horsepower. At the top of the spry block, a big, “AC” branded air tube funnels wind into a vintage Rochester injection system that's threaded onto polished stainless fuel lines. Below that juice box, a correct Winters intake perfectly complements finned Corvette valve covers. At the back of that intake, chrome-cased ignition shoots spark past correct exhaust manifolds via chrome-sleeved wires. And at the front of those manifolds, a Harrison-branded radiator circulates water through pliable GM hoses and authentic tower clamps. Bright Chevy Orange paint covers the block from its clean oil pan all the way to its oil filler and, as always, looks great against GM's Satin Black bay. As expected, correct textures and decals are present and accounted for. And details like a rebuilt alternator, a rebuilt master cylinder and a reproduction Delco battery ensure this Chevy runs every bit as good as it looks.
Looking around the undercarriage, things appear largely original. As often as these cars are restored (and often over-restored), that's a refreshing sight. The fiberglass pans are just as solid underneath as they are up top and display their original finish with pride. In the center, the original Borg-Warner T10 4-speed manual transmission, which wears a matching partial VIN, still handles all the shifting duties. Around the drivetrain, a fully restored double A-arm front and independent rear sports suspension is completely detailed down to its transverse rear spring. At the corners, standard equipment hydraulic drum brakes pair with manual steering direct and responsive handling. Above the rebuilt suspension original floor tubs are bolted to a straight and clean satin black frame. Power meets the road through standard 15-inch steel wheels which spin a fresh set of 6.70-15 Firestone bias ply tires around pristine, stainless wheel covers.
The honest theme carries into the interior which places new and original pieces side by side. Open the doors to this roadster and you'll find a correct original Black vinyl interior that accents the Tuxedo black body quite nicely. The black vinyl appears as close to new as could possibly be and is a fantastic place to log miles from. The chrome trim is in amazing shape, and the carpet throughout the interior is in perfect condition. In front of the two black bucket seats is the original 3-spoke Corvette steering wheel. Beyond the steering wheel are the massive 160MPH speedo, and a 7000RPM tach. They are flanked by a trio of smaller gauges on both sides that display fuel, oil pressure, water temperature, and battery life. In between the two bucket seats is the Muncie 4-speed transmission's controls, and above that is the famous waterfall design that includes the continuous motion electric clock.
Included in the sale of this immaculate C2 roadster is a booklet that contains restoration information, and plenty of awards and documentation.
These 1963 roadster's are an increasing rarity. With its original 360hp FI 327, Muncie 4-speed, and list of carefully chosen replacement pieces, coupled along with a meticulous restoration just don't come along every day. especially ones that are loaded down with the awards and accolades this triple Black Beauty has. Contact us today and be sure not to miss out on this rare opportunity to add such a prestigious gem to your collection.
327ci/360hp Fuel Injected V8