If you have a half million dollars burning a hole in your pocket, you could own the very last 1963 Corvette split-window coupe built
There’s no doubt that the 1963 Corvette split-window coupe is one of the most legendary Corvettes ever built. Even though Bill Mitchell’s split-rear window design was the bane of Zora Arkus-Duntov’s existence from a practicality standpoint, Zora ultimately lost the battle and Mitchell’s design went into production for one model year only. Eventually, Zora won the fight for the 1964 Corvette on the grounds of rear visibility and safety. As a result, Mitchell’s 1963 split-window coupe would go down in history as one of the most iconic designs to ever come out of Chevrolet.
According to the NCRS and confirmed by the GM Heritage Center, only 10,594 Corvette coupes were built in 1963, and now, the final 1963 Corvette split-window coupe built has come up for sale on EBAY for a “Buy it Now” price of $499,900.
After undergoing a recent body-off restoration, VIN 30837S121481 and body #10594 is currently located in New Jersey with just under 60,000 miles on the odometer. According to the listing:
Here is a once in a lifetime chance to buy the very last 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe, body #10594.
The 1963 Corvette Split Window is one of, if not the most desirable and sought after Corvette ever produced. GM records along with NCRS records indicate that the total production for the all new completely redesigned Corvette Sting Ray for 1963 was 21,513. The break down for production is 10,919 convertibles and 10,594 coupes. Production body numbers started on the Split Window Coupe at 00001 to 10594, making #10594 the last bodied Corvette split Window Coupe built.
This is body #10594, built on the last day of production. The very last Corvette Split window coupe built. There were 325 more convertibles built then the first year split window coupe body. This Split Window has it’s original all numbers matching drivetrain with the highly desirable solid lifter 327/340 HP engine with a Muncie 4-speed transmission that was late production only for 1963 and a 4:11 Posi Traction Rear Axle.
This car is optioned with Leather Interior one of only 1,114 produced, power brakes one of 3,336 produced, 327/340 HP one of 6,978 produce, wood grained steering wheel one of only 130 produced, power steering one of 3,063 produced and late in the year of 1963 Corvette production the back up light option was offered on only 318 cars and this Split Window is one of them.
This Split Window has undergone a ground up restoration including the interior, exterior and undercarriage components. A lot of time and money was spent on the restoration. The paint was just finished this year and is flawless. The original engine has never been out of the car. The car has only 100 miles on the restoration. Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to buy the very last bodied 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe.
The information and facts in the above ad were gathered from countless hours of research along with the NCRS and the Corvette GM Heritage Center that all concluded that the total production for the 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe was 10594. Please feel free to have a third party come inspect and verify my car at any time during the auction. Google: “1963 Corvette 10594”
From what research we could do here, John, the current owner, restores and sells classic cars, and this Corvette happens to be one of them. But wait, there’s more.
We also found that the car was listed for sale in February of 2019 by “Jimmy”, a previous owner (?) in Florida.
What’s interesting here is that the listing descriptions are identical, but the owners and contact phone numbers are different. In both listings, both John and Jimmy are wanting to sell this Corvette in order to purchase a commercial building that has recently come up for sale.
While it’s possible that both John and Jimmy own a restoration business and the car together, it’s always important to do your own due diligence when it comes to purchasing a classic Corvette.
Other than some pictures of the trim tag and a serial number in the listing, there is no documentation shown. Before plunking down a half million dollars for a Corvette, I would suggest reaching out to the NCRS to find out what documentation and history they may have on the last 1963 Corvette split-window coupe built.