Tuxedo Black w/Black interior, 327/360hp fuel injected, 4-spd. manual transmission.
The second-generation Corvette was an instant classic when it was introduced as a ’63 model in ’62. The model that caused all of the fuss was of course the legendary Split Window Coupe, known as such for its beautifully styled, but difficult to see out of slip rear window. And because of this, was revised as a one-piece window the following year. And remained so for the rest of the C2 model run. And thus, a legend was born.
This was a milestone year for Corvette for a number of reasons. For the first time in Corvette’s 10-year history, a Coupe was offered along with a Convertible! And with the exception of the 327ci engine, which was entering its 2nd year of production, the ’63 Corvette was all-new from the chassis up. The other big news was the addition of 4-wheel independent suspension, which made Corvette a world-class sports car, capable of competing with the best of what Europe had to offer, in the turns, as well as the straights!
There were many options available on the new ’63. No less than 4 engine and 2 transmission choices. And also offered for the first time, power assisted brakes and steering! For the more performance oriented, the top engine offered that year was the L84 327/360hp fuelie. And as if that wasn’t enough, if you wanted a Corvette that you could “Race on Sunday and drive to the office on Monay”, all you had to do was check off RPO ZO6 on your new car order form. Developed by Corvette Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov, this race pkg. got you the F.I. engine backed by a 4-spd. manual transmission, Posi-traction rear end, a thicker front stabilizer bar, heavy duty shock absorbers, and springs that were almost twice as stiff than the ones on the standard Corvette. In addition, the Z06 package also included upgraded brake components with sintered-metal brake linings. These brakes resisted wear and tear better than the standard brakes, as well as the heat generated from the harder stopping-power required for a performance car. The Z06 also featured a dual-circuit master cylinder and vacuum brake booster. This was a very rare option, with only 199 units built in this configuration. And it only added to the mystique that was the ’63 Split Window Coupe!
This absolutely awesome example has been meticulously restored and has won the crown jewel of Corvette awards, The Triple Diamond! In order to achieve this milestone, the car has to win a National N.C.R.S. Top Flight, Bloomington Gold and Chevy Vette Fest Gold Spinner Award. No easy task, to be sure! The car is finished in what is widely considered the rarest and most desirable color combination of Tuxedo Black with Black interior and Blackwall nylon tires. Very sinister indeed! In addition to the ZO6 Pkg, the car is equipped with power windows and radio and heater delete. Which, is very rare in the ZO6 Pkg. Documentation includes the original selling dealer Invoice, Awards, receipts, correspondence with previous owners, restoration documentation and more! One of the finest examples currently offered for sale.