1963 Chevrolet Corvette C2 "Sting Ray"SOLD

Documented two-owner from new, ultra-rare original matching numbers 360bhp, 327 Cubic Inch fuel-injected engine. Original Sebring-Silver over black with 39,000 original miles!

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Reference Number 373868

as of 11/7/2015

Overview
Car 1963 Chevrolet Corvette C2 "Sting Ray"
VIN 30837S104422 
Small Series  1 of 2610 
Exterior / Interior Color Sebring Silver / Black Vinyl 
Registration 2CQF303 
Condition Pristine 
Mileage 39,364 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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Known History

All Corvettes are somewhat special… some more than others… and a few have achieved legendary cult status in a way few other vehicles ever have before or likely will again. Chevrolet’s second generation Corvettes, especially the first-year, coveted “Split-Window-Coupé most certainly falls into that rare category. Production records indicate that 10,594 Corvette Coupés were built in 1963. Of these 2,610 were completed with option code L84 which gave the fortunate new owner a solid-lifter, 11.5:1 compression ratio, 360bhp engine with Rochester Ram-Air Fuel-Injection. Chassis 30837S104422 was so ordered and equipped and if such a vehicle is of interest, you are in for a treat and should read on. If not… time to hit the delete button!

 

This particular Sting Ray Coupé is a very early build example completed on December 6th, 1962. It has all the early prototype features such as unique mirrors, gas cap and numerous other oddities as well as lots of hand assembled and hand fitted touches as the production department learned their way through the first of these second generation corvettes. The original order for the car came from Paul McGlone Chevrolet as a special order. He was a volume Chevrolet dealer based in Detroit, Michigan and he had earned high quotas and was able to secure vehicles the smaller retail Chevrolet agents could not get. The original order specified and was completed as follows:

 

1963 Corvette Sting Ray Coupé with VIN: 30837S104422

RPO Code 837 Base Corvette Coupé $4,038.00

RPO Code 941 Sebring-Silver Exterior Paint $80.70

RPO Code G81 Positraction Rear Axle $43.05

RPO Code L84 327CI / 360BHP Fuel-Injected Engine $430.40

RPO Code M20 Four-Speed Manual Transmission $188.30

RPO Code P48 Cast Aluminum Knock-Off Wheels $322.80

RPO Code U65 AM Wonderbar Signal Seeking Radio $137.75

 

Total Invoice / window sticker before destination and delivery charges came to a whopping $5,241 which was fantastically expensive in 1963 and more than twice the price of Chevrolets entry level sedans of the same year!

 

This Corvette was purchased by a retired gentleman and his wife named William M. and Tanya E. O’Bryan who took the car with them to Long Beach, California. They enjoyed it conservatively over the years and later were active in the Corvette Club. During one of the SoCal meets in the mid 1980s, they were introduced and became well acquainted with the famous Corvette author and historian, Noland Adams. Adams was very pleased to be able to thoroughly inspect this Corvette given its extremely original and well preserved nature. He references the vehicle specifically by chassis number, engine number, fuel injection Unit Number and others in his definitive documentation bible on these vehicles "The Complete Corvette Restoration & Technical Guide - Vol. 2 1963 Through 1967” on pages 185 and 187.

 

By the mid-1980s, the O’Bryan family found themselves too old and rarely able to enjoy the vehicle and began advertising it for sale in both the Sunday Los Angeles Times as well as Hemmings Motor New. Their asking price was $26,500 and they described the vehicle as follows:

 

"CORVETTE 1963 fuel injection, split window coupe, Sebring silver black int, all numbers match, knock-offs, mint original cond, never hit, California car.”

 

Thomas G. Kimble eventually agreed to the purchase of this Corvette on Tax Day, April 15th, 1987. After his purchase he did some work to the car but it was quickly taken off the road in the early 1990s and then placed into long-term storage and not driven again until it once again surfaced publicly a few years ago. Anyone who is a freak for originality is going to be in heaven over this one. This Corvette has covered only 39,000 miles from new. All the ultra-rare bits and pieces that always go missing or get messed with, even simple things that normally might get swapped out and changed like alternators and air cleaner assemblies are original and the "born-with" items. All of the casting codes, date codes, stampings and numbers… all without exception are correct and un-mollested as assembled new in December of 1962 with the exception of the alternator and starter motor which were serviced and replaced under warranty in the first few months of the car’s existence. Here are the key numbers and date codes specific to this vehicle:

 

Chassis Number 30837S104422

Engine Number 3104422 FII28RF

Engine Date Code November 28th, 1962

Engine Casting Date Code "K272" (November 27th, 1962)

Gearbox Number 3104422 WL1623

Gearbox Date Code December 6th, 1962

Body Number 2278

Fuel Injection Unit 7017375 R 3785

Metering Unit 7017375 (May 1962)

Expansion Tank October 1962

Alternator June 25th, 1963

Starter Motor March 22nd, 1963

Outside Rearview Mirror January 1963

 

 

This is a completely rust and accident free example and in the same configuration and colors it was born with. This Corvette has had one repaint done to better than new standards but otherwise the interior, engine and chassis detail are as originally completed. It will need basic services, fluid and filters from lack of use but drives fantastic and given the light nature and high RPM torquey motor it is lightning quick and pure evil on a public road.

 

All interested potential buyers are strongly encouraged to contact me to arrange for inspections and test-drives. This vehicle is an absolute treasure of authenticity, originality and rarity seldom seen in such a machine and it is sure to please even the most demanding individual.

 

Please kindly email or call me for additional assistance with the purchase of this vehicle.

 

Warm regards always,

 

Bill Noon

 

Symbolic International

11425 Sorrento Valley Road

San Diego, California 92121 USA

 

Phone 619 840 7811

Email bill@symbolicinternational.com

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