1963 Chevrolet Corvette Fastback Coupe / 30837S105479 Chassis Information

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette photograph

1963 Chevrolet Corvette1963 Chevrolet Corvette
Fastback Coupe
Chassis #: 30837S105479
Engine # 3105479 F11126RF
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
Fastback Coupe
Chassis #: 30837S105479
Engine # 3105479 F11126RF
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 :
$130,000-$160,000 
Sale Price :
$209,000

2018 73
2017 76
2016 70
2015 85
2014 77
2013 105
2012 76
2011 46
2010 48
2009 34

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$105,700$297,00073
2017$90,982$385,00076
2016$97,026$236,50070
2015$92,645$253,00085
2014$88,687$270,00077
2013$81,398$310,000105
2012$69,458$255,00076
2011$61,928$170,50046
2010$68,832$400,00048
2009$99,415$1,050,00034

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1963 sales)
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 'Split-Window' Coupe
Chassis#: 30837S116851
Sold for $89,600
  2018 RM Sothebys : The Petersen Automotive Museum
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $52,800
  2018 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe
Sold for $77,000
  2018 Mecum : 2018 Chicago
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe
Sold for $78,100
  2018 Mecum : Dallas
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe
Sold for $100,100
  2018 Mecum : Dallas
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $39,600
  2018 Mecum : Dallas
 
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM COUPE
Chassis#: 30837S100957
Sold for $48,400
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE SPLIT-WINDOW CUSTOM COUPE
Chassis#: CA974312
Sold for $44,000
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 'Split Window' Coupé
Chassis#: 30837S107352
Sold for $157,649
  2018 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $48,400
  2018 Mecum : Louisville
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 'Fuel-Injected' Convertible
Chassis#: 30867S113216
Sold for $66,000
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 'Split-Window' Coupe
Chassis#: 30837S114766
Sold for $85,800
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 Fuel-Injected Coupe
Chassis#: 30837S110651
Sold for $195,250
  2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Z06 'Big Tank' Coupe
Chassis#: 30837S115727
Sold for $187,600
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Chassis#: 30867S112578
Sold for $42,900
  2018 Mecum : Monterey
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe
Sold for $88,000
  2018 Mecum : Hershey
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for $41,250
  2018 Mecum : Hershey
 
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/340 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 30867S106830
Sold for $57,200
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Northeast
 
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/340 SPLIT-WINDOW COUPE
Chassis#: 30837S106801
Sold for $126,500
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Northeast
 
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $41,800
  2018 Mecum : Indianapolis
 

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 Convertible 2018 Mecum : Kansas City$40,000  
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CVTBLE 2018 McCormick's # 65$47,000  
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE SPLIT WINDOW COUPE 2018 McCormick's # 65$92,500  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Race Car 2018 Mecum : Las Vegas$35,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe 2018 Mecum : Las Vegas$90,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette C2 Sting Ray30867S1167912018 Silverstone Auctions : NEC Classic Motor Show   
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2018 Mecum : 2018 Chicago$47,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe 2018 Mecum : 2018 Chicago$62,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe 2018 Mecum : 2018 Chicago$80,000$95,000$115,000
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2018 Mecum : 2018 Chicago$70,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Race Car 2018 Mecum : Dallas$40,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe 2018 Mecum : Dallas$80,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette C230867S1195292018 Historics @ Brooklands Motor Museum $38,000$44,000
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Split-Window Coupe30837S1066162018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall   
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Convertible30867S1104212018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall   
1963 Chevrolet Corvette30837S1077162018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall   
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2018 Mecum : Hershey$46,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Replica 2018 Mecum : Hershey$45,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2018 Mecum : Denver$47,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe 2018 Mecum : Indianapolis$220,000$300,000$350,000
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Roadster30867S1007392018 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Texas Classic Auction   
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe 2018 Mecum : Kansas City$75,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2018 GAA : Spring Sale$86,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette 2018 Carlisle : Lakeland Winter Auction   
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible30867S1009342018 Mecum : Los Angeles$55,000  
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE30867S1194062018 GpK Auctions Atlantic City   
1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE30867S1048752018 GpK Auctions Atlantic City$80,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod Split Window 2018 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale   
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2018 Mecum : Kissimmee$85,000  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe 2018 Mecum : Kissimmee$50,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette1963 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 30837S105122
Engine Num: 3105122-F1207RF
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette1963 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 30837S105479
Engine Num: 3105479 F11126RF
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette1963 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 30837S105895
Engine Num: 3105895 I2I9RD
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette1963 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 30867S121099
Engine Num: 3121099 F0708RF
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C21965 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 194375 S116394
Engine Num: T0326IF S116394
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C21965 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 194375S116511
Engine Num: F0420HG S116511
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C21967 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 194377S118016
Engine Num: TO425 JE 7118016
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C21967 Convertible
Chassis Num: 194677S 105574
Engine Num: T0425 JE 7105574
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C21967 Convertible
Chassis Num: 194677S102584
Engine Num: T08I7IL 7102584
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C21967 Convertible
Chassis Num: 194677S116955
Engine Num: T0205JE116955
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C21967 Convertible
Chassis Num: 194677S120664
Engine Num: T0424JE 7120664
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C21967 Convertible
Chassis Num: 194677S122767
Engine Num: T06I3JE7122767


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