There has been at least a moment in every gearheads life in which they’ve dreamt of owning a racing car. Whether it be made for the drag strip or the road course, the allure of a purpose-built machine is hard to overcome. For those of you like us who are terribly fond of vintage racers, this 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split window race car may prove too hard to pass up.
This 1963 Chevrolet Corvette is being offered up for sale by Mecum, during their Kissimmee Summer Special between August 27-29. The first year Stingray would be a desirable muscle car without its racing pedigree, but over 50 years of track-battling experience bumps up the Vettes’ cool factor if you ask us. Currently set-up to do damage in the SVRA Series, this antique is from antiquated under its well-penned skin.
Under the long nose of this Chevrolet Corvette split window Stingray resides a 377 cubic-inch small-block V8, complete with a set of Brodix straight plug aluminum heads. A whole new race-designed valvetrain has been sourced from Crower, which features a new camshaft, roller rockers, lifters, and a set of Manley valves. That hot-rod engine is backed by an M21 four-speed manual transmission, which has been upgraded with a magnesium bellhousing and a hydraulic clutch. A set of dual-pin brakes with slotted rotors have also been fitted to match the power output of the built small-block.
It also doesn’t hurt that this Corvette is one hell of a looker. The vintage-style livery looks fit for the Dark Lord of the Sith himself, and this theme continues on the interior. Inside this 1963 Chevrolet Corvette, you’ll find a muscle car completely designed for racing. Modern safety equipment like a Sparco competition seat, a roll-bar setup, a fire suppression system and racing harness make sure the next owner is plenty safe out on track. The fully modern gauge cluster should help make life easier as well.
While there is no way that this 1963 Chevrolet Corvette race car sells for cheap, we’re not sure that the next owner is going to care. When you have the chance to own something this cool, sometimes that’s all it takes.