The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette is iconic, especially with its split-window design, which ensures it stands out from all the other cars that came out during that time. To this day, it remains one of the all-time favorites amongst Corvette fans and has fetched upwards of $80,000 at auctions when in good condition. Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey Garage recently acquired an incredibly rare barn find of one such Corvette for just $5,000.
Cheapest 1963 Split-Window Corvette: Details
According to Corvette Blogger, after Rawlings put out a call that he was in the market for Corvettes, he received an email regarding a 1963 Split Window barn find that was in rough condition, offered to him along with two other mid-years, a 1966 and 1967 Corvette all selling for an outstanding price of $15,000. After purchasing all three Corvettes, Rawlings contacted his friend Dennis Collins to inform him that the “splitty” was for sale. Upon closer inspection, it becomes even more apparent just how special this split-window Corvette really is.
Though the 1963 Corvette lacks its engine and transmission, Dennis points out it has a $40 hood. The car has also had some fiberglass work done to remove a set of wheel flairs, but things get more interesting when it’s discovered that there’s no damage to the vehicle whatsoever. The original bonding strips can be found throughout the car, meaning that it has never been wrecked. On the inside, one can see the remnants of a Red interior, and the trim tag reveals that it was a 941A Sebring Silver exterior with the 490C Red vinyl interior. On top of that, the birdcage is also in good condition, which is essential for a restomod.
After inspecting the car, Richard told Dennis that he’d sell the split window to him for $35,000, which would be “the cheapest split window ever, except for the one I bought.” Surprisingly, Dennis didn’t haggle about the cost, though he agreed to buy the other two Corvettes if he got a chance. Would you have purchased this epic foundation for a restoration project for $35,000?