Think of the quintessential Corvette and most people would say the 1963 Stingray. Not only is it the first of the C2s, but it’s the only one to have the divider in the backlight. While that compromises rear visibility, the split window has character in spades, and the Stingray is a looker besides. With the top-of-the-line fuel injection, it’s not terribly rare, but it’s the one to have, which is why this Daytona Blue ’63 that’s going on the block at Mecum’s June 13th auction in Seattle is such a delight.
What sets this one off is the Saddle Tan interior, but let’s be honest—when $160,000 is spent to restore a Fuelie, which is then upgraded to four-wheel disc brakes with dual master cylinder (both 1967 upgrades), custom-made 38-gallon gas tank, and electronic ignition, you have one of the coolest American cars ever made even better.
But with only 130 miles since completion, it seems the restorer and/or owner had other ideas. This is one that could offend the purists enough but not be hot-rod enough for the racing set. Would you drive it? Or stare at it in your garage?