Sold $687,500: 1963 Corvette Z06 at Mecum Indy 2024

The sleek 1963 Tuxedo Black Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe, captured in a stunning sideshot, showcases its timeless design, full-size spinner wheel covers, and blackwall tires. Photo Credit Mecum
The sleek 1963 Tuxedo Black Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe, captured in a stunning sideshot, showcases its timeless design, full-size spinner wheel covers, and blackwall tires. Photo Credit Mecum

The Mecum Indy 2024 auction saw a remarkable sale: a 1963 Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe fetched an astounding $687,500 Friday, May 17th. This iconic Corvette, one of only 199 produced with the RPO Z06 Special Performance Equipment, is a true gem in automotive history. Let’s delve into what makes this vehicle so special and why it commanded such a high price.

Why the 1963 Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe Sold for $687,500

From the Black Corvette Collection

  • The odometer reads 36 miles
  • VIN / SERIAL 30837S109281

LOT F141 Highlights

  1. Rarity: Only 199 were produced with RPO Z06 Special Performance Equipment.
  2. Awards and Certifications: Bloomington Gold Certified, NCRS Top Flight award, MCACN Concours Gold, CCAS trim tag affirmation.
  3. Comprehensive Restoration: Completed by Shaun Goodwin.
  4. Matching Numbers Engine: Fuel-injected 327/360 HP V-8 engine.
  5. Documentation: Photos of the original invoice, window sticker, and NCRS shipping data report.
  6. Special Features: “Elephant Ear” brake cooling scoops.
  7. Provenance: Sold new at Paramount Chevrolet Co. in Downey, California.

The Story of the 1963 Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe

Relentlessly developed for competition readiness under Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov, Chevrolet’s Corvette was endowed with a wide array of factory-available racing options for the inaugural 1963 model year of the redesigned Sting Ray. Among its many updates, the 1963 Corvette was available in a virtually track-ready specification by selecting the Z06 option.

Performance Enhancements

The Z06 package included significant performance upgrades:

  • Suspension: Thicker front stabilizer bar, larger-diameter shocks, and higher-rate springs.
  • Brakes: Upgraded brakes with sintered metallic linings, dual-circuit master cylinder, and a vacuum booster.
  • Engine: The RPO L84 327/360 HP V-8 engine with Rochester mechanical fuel injection.
  • Transmission: 4-speed manual transmission and Positraction rear axle were mandatory Z06 options.

Priced at $1,818, the Z06 package cost nearly half as much as the basic Corvette split window coupe. Initially, it was a coupe-only option but later became available for convertibles at a reduced cost.

The heart of the 1963 Z06: a powerful L84 327/360 HP V-8 engine with Rochester mechanical fuel injection. Photo Credit Mecum
The heart of the 1963 Z06: a powerful L84 327/360 HP V-8 engine with Rochester mechanical fuel injection. Photo Credit Mecum

Racing Pedigree

By summer 1962, Z06 Corvettes became available for racing, with Doug Hooper scoring their first win for Mickey Thompson in the October 1962 Los Angeles Times Grand Prix at Riverside. In total, 2,610 Corvettes were equipped with the RPO (Regular Production Option) L84 Fuelie engine for 1963, and only 199 had the RPO Z06 Special Performance Equipment package.

Comprehensive Restoration and Accolades

This particular Tuxedo Black wiht Black interior 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe, sold new at Paramount Chevrolet Co. in Downey, California, has undergone a comprehensive restoration by Shaun Goodwin. It retains its matching numbers, a fuel-injected 327/360 HP V-8 engine paired with a 4-speed manual transmission. The Z06 package includes special heavy-duty suspension and power-assisted metallic brakes with finned drums and cooling fans. Other notable features are power windows, full-size spinner wheel covers, and blackwall tires.

The car has garnered several prestigious awards, including:

  • Bloomington Gold Certification
  • NCRS Top Flight Award
  • MCACN Concours Gold
  • Triple Diamond Certification

Supporting documentation includes a CCAS trim tag affirmation, a copy of the original invoice, a window sticker, judging sheets, and an NCRS Shipping Data Report.

This 1963 Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe has garnered several prestigious awards, including Bloomington Gold Certification, NCRS Top Flight Award, MCACN Concours Gold, and Triple Diamond Certification.

Additional Equipment

This 1963 C2 Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe is also equipped with:

  • Z06 Special Heavy-Duty Suspension
  • Z06 Metallic Brakes with Finned Drums and Cooling Fans
  • Z06 Power Brakes
  • Power Windows
  • Full-Size Spinner Wheel Covers
  • Blackwall Tires

1963 Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe Photo Gallery

The iconic front view of the 1963 Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe, highlighting its distinctive split window design and sleek Tuxedo Black finish. Photo Credit Mecum
The iconic front view of the 1963 Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe, highlighting its distinctive split window design and sleek Tuxedo Black finish. Photo Credit Mecum
The classic rear view of the 1963 Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe, showcasing its elegant lines and the unique, one-year-only split window design. Photo Credit Mecum
The classic rear view of the 1963 Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe, showcasing its elegant lines and the unique, one-year-only split window design. Photo Credit Mecum
The driver's side interior of the 1963 Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe, featuring a meticulously restored cockpit with all the original details. Photo Credit Mecum
The driver’s side interior of the 1963 Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe, featuring a meticulously restored cockpit with all the original details. Photo Credit Mecum
The instrument cluster of the 1963 Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe, displaying its vintage gauges and classic dashboard layout. Photo Credit Mecum
The instrument cluster of the 1963 Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe, displaying its vintage gauges and classic dashboard layout. Photo Credit Mecum
The passenger side interior of the 1963 Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe, showcasing its classic design and comfortable seating. Photo Credit Mecum
The passenger side interior of the 1963 Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe, showcasing its classic design and comfortable seating. Photo Credit Mecum
A striking side-angle view of the 1963 Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe, beautifully highlighting the unique split window design and the sleek lines of this Tuxedo Black classic. Photo Credit Mecum
A striking side-angle view of the 1963 Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe, beautifully highlighting the unique split window design and the sleek lines of this Tuxedo Black classic. Photo Credit Mecum

Conclusion

The 1963 Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe is a significant piece of automotive history. Its rarity, comprehensive restoration, matching-numbers engine, and extensive documentation make it a prized collector’s item. The sale of this car for $687,500 at the Mecum Indy 2024 auction underscores its value and the enduring allure of the Corvette legacy.

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