The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette introduced a lot of innovative features in its day. For instance, the aerodynamic styling was influenced by wind tunnels. It was also the first Corvette to bear the Sting Ray design. It had a fibreglass body, and it rode on a wheelbase that was four inches shorter than previous models, though the overall length stayed basically the same. The headlights were hidden, and the X-type frame was replaced with a ladder-type frame for a lower centre of gravity and improved handling. But what might be the most recognisable quality of the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette was the split window in the back. Barrett Jackson is auctioning off a custom split-window coupe that is a prime example of what this car was to the world of automotive history.
The Corvette being offered was recently restored and modified by Jeff Hayes Customs. Receiving a new LS3 with a Hot Cam engine, the Corvette offers 540 horsepower. The engine is mated with a 4L70E automatic overdrive transmission with a polished Lokar shifter. Hayes also swapped out the chassis for a new Art Morrison sport chassis that includes front and rear sway bars. The ride is made even more smooth with Strange Engineering self-dampening shocks. Performance is enhanced with 6-piston polished Wilwood brakes in the front and 4-piston brakes in the back. The car comes with all the trimmings, including power steering, power windows, power hood, and Vintage Air and heat. Staggered custom Schott 18-inch wheels in the front and 20-inch wheels in the rear are shod in Toyo red-line tires.
The exterior is done in stunning white with silver trim. Inside, the red leather interior really pops. The Ididit chrome steering column is topped off with a Billet Specialties steering wheel. This Corvette really brings back the beauty of the era, showing off what made this car so influential in the automotive world.