For significant marques, usually the first and last of something has added value. Most of the time they land in museums, but not always. This 1963 split-window Corvette is the last one built. Now you can buy it, but for a 1963 Corvette, it’s not cheap.
How much is this 1963 split-window Corvette?
The private owner has it listed on eBay, and the price is a staggering $499,900. All of the second-gen Corvettes are extremely collectible. But the split-window coupes, given the unique rear window found only this one year, are arguably the most sought after.
This example has body production number 10594, and there were exactly 10,594 coupes built. It received a body-off restoration exactly as it left the factory in 1963. The coupe has only traveled 100 miles since its restoration, and only 60,000 in total for its almost 60 years of existence.
Under the hood is a solid-lifter 327 ci V8 and Muncie four-speed transmission
It’s an unusual color combo of Saddle Tan with a matching interior. The optional naturally aspirated 327 V8 with solid lifters puts out 340 hp. It is hooked to a Muncie four-speed manual transmission tied to a 4:11 Posi-Traction independent rear end.
Everything under the hood is finished as it was from the factory. That’s why there is no chrome or polished aluminum except for the air cleaner. The same holds true underneath.
Other options include power brakes (no discs in 1963), power steering, and a wood-grain steering wheel. Power steering was only found on 3,000 examples in 1963. It also has the rare backup light which was tucked up in the license plate pocket. The visible backup light was only available in 1967.
Is $500,000 too much for this split-window?
With prices for decent split windows around $100,000, the price is light years beyond that. So the buyer will weigh its intrinsic value as the last coupe with the price many times more than a typically restored version. As those with money to spare are told to spread it over different types of investments this might be a smart purchase. It is no more of a gamble than the stock market.
The last 1963 coupe is enough of a draw to make this one of the most collectible Corvettes ever made. It’s not a lightweight model or built with unusual options, but its production number makes up for that.