Of all the Regular Production Order (RPO) codes offered by GM, few were as transformative as ‘RPO Z06,’ first offered on the Corvette in 1963.
The very first Z06 Corvettes featured a 20 percent larger diameter front antiroll bar, a vacuum brake booster, larger diameter shocks and springs nearly twice as stiff as the regular car, a dual master cylinder, as well as new brake linings housed within power-assisted Al-Fin brake drums cooled by new front air scoops and vented backing plates.
Of course, you also got a big, fat 360 hp L84 327 ci engine with Rochester fuel injection under the hood. All in, you’d have to lay down an extra $1,818.45 over the base coupe of $4,252. Chump change if it were today.
With stiffer springs, a bigger antiroll bar, and a ludicrously powerful engine all at a price nearly half the cost of the car, it’s no surprise just 199 of those original Z06s left the factory. Which means you don’t have to be a Corvette aficionado to know just how rare this eBay listing is.
Like many Z06s, this 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe Z06 spent much of its first years on track. The listing also tells us it was restored to nearly original specifications during a body-off restoration.
However, there is one major factor that’s bound to entice low-ball bidders– after “losing the original racing engine” a new, factory-fresh 327ci 365 hp engine was installed in 1970.
You’ll still need some deep pockets as the one and only bid currently sits at $125,000. Hop over, have a look and start drooling.