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1963 Chevrolet Corvette Fastback Coupe / 30837S105479 Vehicle Information

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette1963 Chevrolet Corvette
Sold for $209,000 at 2015 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction.
This 'Split-Window' Stingray Coupe was built in the third week of December in 1962 and left the factory finished in 916A Daytona Blue paint over an 898A Saddle leather interior. Under the hood was the optional L84 360 horsepower engine package, M20 four-speed manual transmission, P48 Kelsey Hayes knock-off aluminum wheels, A31 power windows, and N11 side exhausts. It was purchased new by a 16-year-old Florida woman named Sherry Morris. She would retain the car for some 20 years before ill health forced her to sell it in August of 1983. The second caretaker was Jay Smith who had the car treated to a four-year, body-off restoration that took 1300 man-hours of labor and $33,000 to complete. Bruce and Ralene Strauss of Irvine, California purchased the restored car in May, 1989, for $50,000. The following year, their car was featured in 'Super Chevy' magazine. The car remained with the Strauss's until early 2009, when Tony Hart purchased it through Corvette Mike in Anaheim, California, where it had been consigned.

Currently, the car has just 27,621 miles on the odometer.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2015
Sold for $209,000 at 2015 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction.
Amazingly, it would be a decade before the Corvette would be made available as a coupe and not just a convertible. The excitement around this option, especially when combined with the new Stingray design, would cause a great deal of excitement. However, this excitement would be somewhat muted given the lack of rearward visibility. As a result of the dislike of the split rear window Chevrolet would create the next year's model with a single wrap-around window. They likely didn't know they created a collector car right there in that moment.

What wasn't there to like about the new Stingray design. There were the fenders, the doors, disappearing headlights and that coupe styling to finish it all off. But it would be more than that. A fiberglass shell kept the weight of the car down and then there was the independent rear axle and Rochester-injected 327 cubic inch V-8. Boasting of a zero-to-60 time of less than 6 seconds and a zero-to-100mph time of a little more than 16 seconds, the new Stingray design was a unique blend of performance and looks, something American sports cars lacked in great quantities.

In 1963, Chevrolet would sell more than 21,000 Corvettes. Some 10,594 of those sold would be the new coupe design. Chassis 105479 would be one of those '63 model Stingrays produced with the split rear window.

Actually, this particular chassis would be built in December of 1962 and would end up being finished in 916A Daytona Blue. The interior would be finished with 898A Saddle leather.

This particular version would be completed with more than enough power at its disposal. Ordered with the optional L84 360hp engine and 4-speed manual transmission, this Stingray was one of those capable of some truly emotional performance.

Some of the other extras that came with the car when production was finished included Kelsey Hayes knock-off aluminum wheels, power windows and N11 side exhausts.

Such a car couldn't go to just anyone right? Interestingly, the car's first owner would be a 16-year old woman from Florida. In an attempt by her father to have her rid her life of a flame-painted Chevy sedan, he would promise his daughter she could have any car she desired. He perhaps wanted to rethink that offer after she determined she wanted the L84-powered Corvette Stingray.

It would be quite obvious Sherry Morris respected her father. Her father would be true to his word and would purchase the car for her. She would turn around and keep the car with her for the next two decades. In fact, it wouldn't be until she ran into some health issues that she would determine to sell the car.

In August of 1983 the car would pass to just its second owner, Jay Smith. Smith wouldn't retain the Corvette as long as Morris. He would end up selling the car to Scott Marshall of Bountiful, Utah. Marshall would immediately set to work on a body-off restoration that would take 1300 hours and more than $30,000 to complete. Amazingly, one of the components that would not be touched during the restoration effort would be the powerful V-8. It would be determined the engine didn't need to undergo the work in the first place.

Whether Bruce and Ralene Strauss agreed or not, they would purchase the car from Marshall. They would continue the restoration efforts starting in May of 1989 and spending some $50,000 over the course of the process. The fruit from the labor would include a feature in Super Chevy magazine and a nearly two decade love affair.

The well-known collector Tony Hart would recognize the caliber of 105479 and would buy the car in 2009 through Corvette Mike located in Anaheim, California. Hart would take full advantage of the Stingray enjoying the phenomenal power from this collector Corvette.

Sporting a well-known owner history that includes Tony Hart, original matching numbers, the iconic split rear window and a couple of heavily-invested restorations and this 1963 Corvette Stingray is certainly a fine example of the first coupe version of the Corvette.

Offered to the public for sale as part of Bonhams' 2015 Quail Lodge auction, the 1963 Corvette Stingray, chassis 105479 would end up selling for a healthy $209,000, inclusive of buyer's premium.

By Jeremy McMullen


2015 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $130,000-USD $160,000 
Sale Price :
USD $209,000

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1963 sales)
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 30867S110397
Sold for USD$275,000
  2021 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360 SPLIT-WINDOW FUELIE
Chassis#: 30837S106704
Sold for USD$220,000
  2021 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/340 SPLIT-WINDOW FUELIE
Chassis#: 30837S109008
Sold for USD$137,500
  2021 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/340 SPLIT-WINDOW COUPE
Chassis#: 30837S119743
Sold for USD$110,000
  2021 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/340 SPLIT-WINDOW COUPE
Chassis#: 30837S115089
Sold for USD$194,700
  2021 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM SPLIT-WINDOW COUPE
Chassis#: 30837S115158
Sold for USD$385,000
  2021 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM SPLIT-WINDOW COUPE
Chassis#: AZ376952
Sold for USD$451,000
  2021 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM SPLIT-WINDOW COUPE
Chassis#: 30837S103544
Sold for USD$313,500
  2021 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM SPLIT-WINDOW COUPE
Chassis#: 30837S120990
Sold for USD$247,500
  2021 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM SPLIT-WINDOW COUPE
Chassis#: 30837S104846
Sold for USD$225,500
  2021 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe
Sold for USD$247,500
  2021 Mecum : Glendale
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe
Sold for USD$156,750
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for USD$84,700
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe
Sold for USD$99,000
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for USD$41,800
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe
Sold for USD$165,000
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe
Sold for USD$130,900
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for USD$67,100
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for USD$69,300
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe
Sold for USD$132,000
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1963 Chevrolet Corvette's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Split-Window Coupe30837S1051052021 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Enthusiast Auction   
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe 2021 Mecum : Kissimmee$120,000$150,000$165,000
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe 2021 Mecum : Kissimmee$85,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Houston$67,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Houston$48,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Kansas City$43,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Kansas City$55,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette RestoMod Roadster3086751035082020 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction   
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Roadster30837X1000112020 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction   
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Race Car 2020 Mecum : Kissimmee Summer Special$62,500  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Indy$52,000$60,000$70,000
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe 2020 Mecum : Indy$140,000$165,000$185,000
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Race Car 2020 Mecum : Indy$52,000$65,000$75,000
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe 2020 Mecum : Indy$140,000$175,000$225,000
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM SPLIT-WINDOW COUPE30837S1151582020 BarrettJackson : Online July 2020   
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM SPLIT-WINDOW COUPE30837S1075222020 BarrettJackson : Online July 2020   
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM SPLIT-WINDOW COUPE30837S1075222020 BarrettJackson : Online Only May   
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM SPLIT-WINDOW COUPE30837S1151582020 BarrettJackson : Online Only May   
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Glendale$56,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe 2020 Mecum : Glendale$200,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe 2020 Mecum : Glendale$190,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Race Car 2020 Mecum : Glendale$69,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe 2020 Mecum : Glendale$85,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Z06 Big Tank Split-Window Coupe30837S1140832020 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona $500,000$600,000
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06/N03 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee$320,000$450,000$475,000
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee$110,000$200,000$250,000
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee$150,000$225,000$275,000
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee$80,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe 2019 Mecum : Kansas City$100,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2019 Mecum : Kansas City$40,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 30837S105122
Engine Num: 3105122-F1207RF
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 30837S105479
Engine Num: 3105479 F11126RF

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 30837S105850
Engine Num: F1120RF 3105850
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 30837S105895
Engine Num: 3105895 I2I9RD

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette Z06
1963 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 30837S118180
Engine Num: F0611RF

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 30867S121099
Engine Num: 3121099 F0708RF

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C2
1964 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 40867S103012
Engine Num: 4103012 F0927RE

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C2
1965 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 194375 S116394
Engine Num: T0326IF S116394

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C2
1965 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 194375S116511
Engine Num: F0420HG S116511

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C2
1966 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 194676S111114
Engine Num: T0106P 6111114

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C2
1967 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 194377S118016
Engine Num: TO425 JE 7118016

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C2
1967 Convertible
Chassis Num: 194677S 105574
Engine Num: T0425 JE 7105574
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C2
1967 Convertible
Chassis Num: 194677S102584
Engine Num: T08I7IL 7102584

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C2
1967 Convertible
Chassis Num: 194677S116955
Engine Num: T0205JE116955

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C2
1967 Convertible
Chassis Num: 194677S120664
Engine Num: T0424JE 7120664

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C2
1967 Convertible
Chassis Num: 194677S122767
Engine Num: T06I3JE7122767

1963 Chevrolet Corvette

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