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1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray


The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette is from the first year of the Sting Ray models
The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette is from the first year of the Sting Ray models

So, you’ve been saving up all these years for the perfect classic car to drive and enjoy, and as you scan the listings, you say to yourself: “What is it that I really want? What would be the perfect car for me?”

If you are interested in having an all-American car with some exotic flair and good performance, one that you could drive in rallies and events, and one that you could easily take care of in your garage, it’s hard to beat a vintage Chevrolet Corvette.

The Corvette is in original well-maintained condition, the seller says
The Corvette is in original well-maintained condition, the seller says

The Pick of the Day is a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray roadster, a desirable original model from the first year of Corvette’s major redesign when the fiberglass sports car got hideaway headlights and the name of a stealthy sea creature.

This Sting Ray is advertised on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Newport Beach, California, which seems like the ideal place for such a free-spirited roadster. The 64,000-mile car is all original, the seller says, very well-preserved and “has never been molested in any way.”

The Corvette also boasts the 327 cid V8 that churns 340 horsepower fed through a four-speed manual transmission, the ideal setup.

“This exceptionally beautiful Corvette is numbers matching and has a beautiful factory color combination,” the listing says. “The body is near mint with a few minor paint chips here and there, which adds (to) the originality of the car. Has original bumpers, emblems, handles, mirror, gas cap, hood grates, etc. Original, correct spinner hubcaps on a set of new Goodyear radials.

The Corvette's interior looks to be in great condition
The Corvette’s interior looks to be in great shape

“Interior is also stunning,” the seller adds. “It’s all deep navy blue and black, no fading or discoloring. Has correct deep dish gauges, working clock and Wonderbar radio. Correct glove box door, new carpets, upholstery and door panels.”

The convertible top is new, according to the seller, and the handsome body sits on a frame and undercarriage that are clean and free of rust.

The asking price seems reasonable at $55,000 for a good-looking all-original Corvette from a landmark year. The seller adds that he or she is “motivated” and “make an offer,” always nice to hear when starting negotiations for the car of your dreams.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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