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Car Year: 1963
Car's confirmed production date:
(as confirmed by the
NCRS Shipping Report Service)
November 2, 1962
 
Owner: Gary Pickens 7 11 Race Car
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Country: United States
 
Purchase date: Undefined
Status: Current Owner
 
Nickname: 30837S102899
State: Race Car
 
Exterior: 923 Riverside Red (21.44%)
Interior: Blk Black (Vinyl)
Softtop: Other Color
Wheels: Other Color
 
Body: St. Louis 1373
 
Delivery Dealer Zone: 307
Delivery Dealer Code: 20
 
Options: RPO Option Percentage
Sold [%]
Sales Price
[$]
  837 Base Corvette Sport Coupe (FI 360hp) 49.24% 4,252.00
  L84 327ci, 360hp Engine (fuel injection) 12.13% 430.40
  Total   1.2805%
(276 Cars)
4,682.40
 
Factory job nr.: Unknown
Export Car: Non Export Car
Other details: Date Code: C1 (11/01/1962)
 
Car history:
03/07/2014

In the 1960s Harry Mann advertised his Los Angeles dealership, Harry Mann
Chevrolet, as the largest Corvette dealer in America, but when the new 1963 Z06
made its race debut in the October, 1962 Times Grand Prix at Riverside, Mann and
his driver Gary Pickens were relegated to the sidelines. Chevrolet had issued only
four Z06 Corvettes for the race; none of them had gone to Mann, and none would
be available to dealers until December 1962.

Undaunted, Mann and Pickens ordered a new 1963 Corvette Split Window coupe
equipped with the L84 fuel injected 327/360 HP engine as used in the Z06, the
goal being to assemble all the other pieces needed to build their own. The new car
arrived to a flurry of modifications that included a roll cage, a comprehensive
weight-reduction program and competition brakes. A recreational gambler,
Pickens completed his new racer by painting his number - 711 - as dice on the
doors, hood and rear deck.

Pickens raced the car throughout California in 1963, but his fifteen minutes of
fame arrived in July when filming began in Nevada on the new racing-themed
Elvis Presley movie Viva Las Vegas. The producers needed real race cars for the
movies climactic racing scene, especially a new Corvette, and Pickens dice-
liveried Riverside Red racer was the perfect choice. It turned out to be Gary
Pickens most lucrative payday; MGM rented the car for the duration of filming
and paid Pickens to drive it, including a $500 bonus for the famous spinout scene,
during which the car received the only racing damage of its career, hitting the rear
clip without damaging the frame or any other fiberglass.

Gary Pickens raced the 711 Corvette again in 1964 with a replacement 1964
327/375 HP engine, eventually selling it to fellow racer Ron Herrera. In 1972 it
went into private ownership in Los Angeles, where it cruised the streets still in
racing configuration before disappearing into a garage.

Although hunted for years by hopeful collectors, the car remained secreted until
2011, when Corvette specialist Mike Scott learned that it was owned by a
customer and close friend in Torrance, California. Scott and restorer Gary Nabers
confirmed the cars history, purchased it and brought it to Nabers Brothers of
Houston, Texas, who completed a thorough no-expense-spared restoration in
March 2013 to qualify it for the National Corvette Restorers Society American Heritage Award.

The Concours quality restoration included retaining the well-preserved interior, the
1964 engine Pickens installed and the original matching numbers Borg Warner T-10
4-speed. Rare period-correct Z06 components were sourced and used wherever
necessary, ensuring the car is authentically configured as it ran at Riverside in
1963. The 711 Corvette has since been accepted into the Registry of Corvette
Race Cars, qualifying it for vintage racing events at a wide range of venues.
Importantly, it is fully mechanically sorted for high performance driving, a hard
runner that tracks straight and handles and brakes with consistency and predictability.

The Gary Pickens 711 Corvette Sting Ray Split Window coupe combines provenance
as a historically significant racing Corvette with that of a genuine movie star car,
a rare combination that puts it in a category all its affords it a singularly unique
position in the collector Corvette milieu.

HIGHLIGHTS

The Gary Pickens 7 11 Split Window Race Car
Campaigned in Southern California
Sponsored by Harry Mann Chevrolet
Unable to buy a Z06, Pickens used his connections to create his own
Modifications included a roll cage, comprehensive weight reduction program and
competition brakes
Used in the movie, Viva Las Vegas
Frame-off restoration by the Naber Brothers of Houston in March 2013
Prepared to as-raced condition
2013 NCRS American Heritage Award
The original motor was replaced with a 1964 fuel injected 327/375 HP V-8 by Pickens
T-10 4-speed manual transmission
Accepted into the Registry of Corvette Race Cars
Iconic 7 11 dice racing livery
 
For Sale: No

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