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VIN 30837S104422







   
Car Year: 1963
Car's confirmed production date:
(as confirmed by the
NCRS Shipping Report Service)
December 6, 1962
 
Owner: Classic Investments
City: Montana
State: Montana
Country: United States
 
Purchase date: Undefined
Status: Current Owner
 
Nickname: 30837S104422
State: Restored
 
Exterior: 941 Sebring Silver (16.34%)
Interior: Blk Black (Vinyl)
Softtop: Other Color
Wheels: Other Color
 
Body: Unknown
 
Delivery Dealer Zone: 44
Delivery Dealer Code: 285
 
Options: RPO Option Percentage
Sold [%]
Sales Price
[$]
  837 Base Corvette Sport Coupe (FI 360hp) 49.24% 4,252.00
  941 Sebring Silver Exterior Paint 16.34% 80.70
  J50 Power Brakes 15.51% 43.05
  L84 327ci, 360hp Engine (fuel injection) 12.13% 430.40
  M20 4-Speed Manual Transmission 83.54% 188.30
  P48 Cast Aluminum Knock-Off Wheels 0.60% 16.15
  P92 Whitewall Tires, 6.70x15 (rayon card) 90.10% 31.55
  U65 Signal Seeking AM Radio 52.84% 137.75
  Total   0.0001%
(1 Cars)
5,179.90
 
Factory job nr.: Unknown
Export Car: Non Export Car
 
Car history:
Chevrolet's second generation 'C2' Corvettes, especially the first-year, Split-Window Coupe with the optional fuel injected 327 V8 engine, are among the most collectible of GM's Corvette model-range. Production records indicate that 10,594 Corvette Coupe's were built in 1963, and just 2,610 of them were completed with option code L84, which gave the fortunate owner a solid-lifter, 11.5:1 compression ratio, 360bhp V8 engine with Rochester Ram-Air Fuel-Injection.

This particular Split-Window Coupe is a very early example, completed in December 1962, and therefore has many early production features. The original order for the car came from Paul McGlone Chevrolet. He was a volume Chevrolet dealer based in Detroit, Michigan and had earned high quotas and was able to secure vehicles the smaller retail Chevrolet agents could not get. The original order specified a 1963 model-year Corvette Coupe equipped with the $430.40 optional fuel injected 327 engine, a 4-Speed manual transmission, a posi-traction rear axle, cast aluminum knock-off mounted wheels and a Wonderbar radio. The new Corvette was finished in Sebring-Silver and trimmed in Black vinyl, and the total price, before destination and delivery charges, came to a whopping $5,240.

The new Corvette was purchased by a retired gentleman and his wife named William M. and Tanya E. O'Bryan, who took the car with them to Long Beach, California. They enjoyed it over the years and later were active in the local Corvette Club. During one of the SoCal meets in the mid 1980s, they were introduced and became well acquainted with Corvette author and historian, Noland Adams. Adams was very pleased to be able to thoroughly inspect this Corvette given its highly original and well preserved nature. He references the vehicle specifically by chassis number, engine number, fuel injection unit number amongst others in his documentation bible on these vehicles (The Complete Corvette Restoration & Technical Guide - Vol. 2 1963 Through 1967) on pages 185 and 187.

By the mid-1980s, the O'Bryan family found themselves not able to enjoy the vehicle and began advertising it for sale in both the Sunday Los Angeles Times as well as Hemmings Motor News. Their asking price was $26,500 and they described the vehicle as follows:

CORVETTE 1963 fuel injection, split window coupe, Sebring silver black int, all numbers match, knock-offs, mint original cond, never hit, California car.

Thomas G. Kimble eventually agreed to the purchase of this Corvette in April, 1987. After his purchase, he did some work to the car, but it is believed to have been taken off the road in the early 1990s, and then placed in long-term storage until a few years ago. Today, this desirable Split-window Fuelie remains in beautiful condition, and the odometer reading of less than 40,000 miles is in fact believed to be the cars mileage since new. Casting codes, date codes, stampings and numbers are present all over the car, and match the build date of the trim and chassis plate. A repaint in the cars original Sebring-Silver was recently performed by California Dream machines of Lancaster, California, assuring the Corvette looks its best. Equipped with period-looking white-wall tires on knock-off wheels, the Corvette looks just right. A jack, owners guide and protection plan, as well as a wonder bar radio manual are included with the sale of the car. A look through the comprehensive history file also accompanying this fine Corvette reveals great documentation, including old California registration cards, the old Hemmings ad, bills of sale and many receipts.
 
For Sale: No

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