After a decade of production of the classic “solid-axle” Corvette, Chevrolet pulled out all the stops to present a brand new Corvette for 1963. Although the various engine and transmission choices were carried over, every aspect was otherwise redesigned, and a beautiful new fiberglass body was offered for the first time in either coupe or convertible form.
Its Sting Ray show car-inspired looks were certainly fresh and exciting, embraced by a new, much stiffer chassis with independent rear suspension—by now a virtual prerequisite for any automobile with sporting pretensions.
As with many of the cars in the Astor Collection, the Corvette offered here is reportedly a local California car. Benefiting from professional restoration work, it remains in excellent condition throughout and beautifully finished in attractive Silver Blue. The quality of the entire exterior, including paint and brightwork, is exceptional, without any immediately noticeable flaws.
The interior is simply outstanding and nearly as-new in appearance. The dark blue upholstery, carpeting, and dash are commensurate with the car’s overall condition and show few signs of age. Such professional attention is also visible under the hood and on the undercarriage, both of which seem period-correct, clean, and tidy, with relatively few signs of road use.
Powered by the desirable 340-hp, 327-ci V8, the Astor Collection’s 1963 Corvette is a fine example, indeed replete with all the driving pleasures, gorgeous style, and visceral excitement offered by America’s sports car.