1963 Chevrolet Corvette / 30837S105479 Chassis Information

Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 30837S105479
Engine Num: 3105479 F11126RF
Sold for $209,000 at 2015 Bonhams.
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
Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 30837S105479
Engine Num: 3105479 F11126RF
Sold for $209,000 at 2015 Bonhams.
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

Chassis# 30837S105479

2015 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
Estimated Value:$130,000-$160,000 
Sale Price$209,000

Analysis

Chassis number 30837S105479 Auction Sales History
2015$209,000

2017 73
2016 67
2015 85
2014 77
2013 105
2012 76
2011 45
2010 48
2009 33
2008 36

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$90,535$385,00073
2016$99,714$236,50067
2015$92,645$253,00085
2014$88,769$270,00077
2013$81,398$310,000105
2012$69,458$255,00076
2011$62,193$170,50045
2010$68,832$400,00048
2009$100,579$1,050,00033
2008$70,571$222,50036

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1963 sales)
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $43,000
  2017 Mecum : Kansas City
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $68,000
  2017 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe
Sold for $59,000
  2017 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe
Sold for $135,000
  2017 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe
Sold for $99,000
  2017 Collector Car - Toronto Fall Classic
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $48,000
  2017 Mecum : Chicago
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe
Sold for $110,000
  2017 Mecum : Chicago
 
1963 Chevrolet CORVETTE 327/360HP Roadster
Chassis#: 30867S119892
Sold for $82,500
  2017 Bonhams : Philadelphia Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette C2 Roadster
Chassis#: 30867S112794
Sold for $56,000
  2017 Historics at Brooklands-Motor Museum
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe
Sold for $75,000
  2017 Mecum : Louisville
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $36,000
  2017 Mecum : Dallas
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe
Sold for $73,000
  2017 Mecum : Dallas
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Drag Car
Sold for $29,000
  2017 Mecum : Dallas
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Split-Window Coupe
Sold for $70,000
  2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Split-Window Coupe
Sold for $62,700
  2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/300HP Coupe
Chassis#: 30837S105895
Sold for $83,600
  2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe
Chassis#: 30837S118221
Sold for $80,000
  2017 Mecum : Monterey
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe
Chassis#: 30837S120011
Sold for $140,000
  2017 Mecum : Monterey
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Race Car
Chassis#: 30837X100007
Sold for $170,000
  2017 Mecum : Monterey
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe
Sold for $125,000
  2017 Mecum : Harrisburg
 

No Sale

1963 Chevrolet Corvette's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe 2017 Mecum : Las Vegas   
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod 2017 Mecum : Las Vegas$150,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe 2017 Mecum : Las Vegas$110,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2017 Mecum : Las Vegas$40,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster 2017 Collector Car Toronto Fall Classic$92,500  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette 2017 Carlisle Auctions : Fall Carlisle   
1963 Chevrolet Corvette 2017 Carlisle Auctions : Fall Carlisle   
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2017 Mecum : Louisville   
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2017 Mecum : Louisville$42,500  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod 2017 Mecum : Louisville$175,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Split Window Coupé30837S1129382017 Silverstone Salon Prive   
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Orange Ray Custom 2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall $60,000$70,000
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod 2017 Mecum : Harrisburg$50,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2017 Mecum : Denver   
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2017 Mecum : Portland$30,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2017 Mecum : Portland$46,000  
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 2017 Leake Tulsa$42,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2017 Mecum : Indianapolis$37,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe 2017 Mecum : Indianapolis   
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2017 Mecum : Indianapolis$37,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe 2017 Mecum : Indianapolis$170,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2017 Collector Car Toronto Spring Classic$67,500  
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY RESTO MOD 2017 Leake Auction Dallas$100,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe30837S1205052017 Worldwide Auctioneers: Texas Classic Auction $225,000$275,000
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06/N03 2017 Mecum : Houston$400,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe 2017 Mecum : Houston$90,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe 2017 Mecum : Houston$75,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2017 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale $55,000$65,000
1963 Chevy Corvette Stingray Split Window Coupe 2017 Amelia Island Select : Hollywood Wheels Auction $140,000$150,000
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE30867S1179092017 GPK Auctions Atlantic City$30,000  

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