1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window
1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327
The original American sports car. Everyone has a favorite generation. Everyone has a favorite specification. The one Corvette that resides in The Canepa Collection – The Personal Favorites of Bruce Canepa is the legendary second-generation, 1963 Stingray Coupe. Identified by its one-year-only split rear window, this example is powered by a matching numbers L84 “Factory Fuelie” V8. Beautifully restored in its original black on black, this was the first year for the second generation Corvette, and the first Corvette with fully independent suspension.
Dubbed the “Stingray” in tribute to GM design Chief Bill Mitchell’s Corvette-based racing car of 1959 and rooted in the XP-84 Q-Corvette concept before it, the second-generation Corvette featured a sleek new body by Mitchell and Larry Shinoda. Offered in convertible and coupe body styles, the coupe is coveted today for its split rear window. Of the four 327 V-8 engines available for 1963, the top of the line 360 hp RPO L84 unit with Rochester Ramjet mechanical fuel injection provided incredible performance.
You can imagine the original owner of this car strolling into Dawson Taylor Chevrolet in Detroit, Michigan and gleefully checking off every performance box available: from the 11.25:1 compression factory “Fuelie” V8 to the radio delete; the Borg-Warner T-10 close ratio 4-speed transmission to the 4.11 Positraction limited-slip differential … this car has it all. And what did all these goodies get you? Try 0-60 in 5.8 seconds and a quarter-mile in 14.2 seconds at 105 mph.