1963 Z06 N03 Corvette Fetches $935,000 at Auction

1963 Corvette Split Window Z06 N03 Coupe – Highest-selling Corvette at Mecum Kissimmee 2024

1963 Corvette Z06 N03 Split Window LOT T165 Sold for $935K - Photo Credit Mecum
1963 Corvette Z06 N03 Split Window LOT T165 Sold for $935K – Photo Credit Mecum

Explore the enduring legacy and racing heritage of the 1963 Chevy Corvette Split Window Z06 N03 Coupe, recently crowned as the highest-selling Corvette at Mecum Kissimmee 2024 auction. Delve into its timeless allure and unrivaled craftsmanship, embodying automotive excellence through the ages.

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In the illustrious tapestry of automotive history, certain vehicles emerge as timeless icons, revered for their innovation and design brilliance. Among these legends stands the 1963 Corvette Z06 N03 Split Window Coupe, a masterpiece born from the visionary minds at General Motors. Recently, this automotive marvel captivated enthusiasts at the Mecum Kissimmee 2024 auction, fetching an impressive $935,000. Let’s embark on a journey to unravel the allure of this legendary vehicle, delving into its design, engineering prowess, racing heritage, and enduring legacy.

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The Legacy of Mako Shark I: A Design Revolution

In 1961, the automotive world was introduced to the Mako Shark I concept car, a stunning creation that drew inspiration from the sleek, powerful form of the Mako Shark. Spearheaded by GM Styling and Design head Bill Mitchell, this concept car paved the way for a new era of Corvette design. Elements from the Mako Shark I seamlessly integrated into the second-generation Corvette body style, which debuted in 1963 and continued its reign of dominance until 1967.

Engineering Excellence: The Birth of Z06 N03

At the helm of Corvette’s engineering endeavors was Zora Arkus-Duntov, a visionary figure who pushed the boundaries of performance and innovation. Under his guidance, the Corvette received a revolutionary overhaul, featuring an all-new frame and suspension system. This groundbreaking design facilitated independent front and rear-wheel travel while significantly lowering the center of gravity, setting the stage for unparalleled driving dynamics.

Unraveling the Z06 Mystique

Power and precision under the hood: The original matching numbers 327/360 HP engine of this No. 51 1963 Corvette Z06 N03 boasts a 4-speed manual transmission, complemented by Z06 special heavy-duty brakes and suspension, embodying the pinnacle of automotive engineering excellence. -Photo Credit Mecum
Power and precision under the hood: The original matching numbers 327/360 HP engine of this No. 51 1963 Corvette Z06 N03 boasts a 4-speed manual transmission, complemented by Z06 special heavy-duty brakes and suspension, embodying the pinnacle of automotive engineering excellence. -Photo Credit Mecum

Central to the Corvette’s evolution was the introduction of the Z06 special performance equipment package. Pioneering the concept of a factory-backed racing package available to the public, Arkus-Duntov’s vision came to life with the Z06. This formidable package boasted an array of enhancements, including sintered metallic drum brakes with cooling fins, a power-assisted brake system, and a fuel-injected solid-lifter engine, among others.

Racing Heritage: Triumphs on the Track

While Chevrolet didn’t officially sponsor Z06 Corvettes, they stood firmly behind the scenes, supporting privateers who raced these formidable machines. From legendary circuits like Sebring and Daytona to iconic tracks such as Watkins Glen and Riverside, Z06 Corvettes left an indelible mark on the motorsport world, embodying the essence of American performance.

A Rare Gem: The 1963 Corvette Z06 N03 Split Window Coupe

Step into luxury: The vibrant red interior of the 1963 Chevy Corvette Split Window Z06 N03 Coupe exudes timeless elegance and craftsmanship, a testament to its status as a true automotive icon. Photo Credit Mecum
Step into luxury: The vibrant red interior of the 1963 Chevy Corvette Split Window Z06 N03 Coupe exudes timeless elegance and craftsmanship, a testament to its status as a true automotive icon. Photo Credit Mecum

Among the esteemed lineage of Z06 Corvettes, the Corvette Stingray 1963 model holds a special place of distinction. Number 51 of the 63 total 1963 Corvette Z06/N03 Tankers produced, this pristine example is the sole specimen finished in striking Tuxedo Black with a Red interior. Delivered to its first owner, Lonnie Glasscock of Corpus Christi, Texas, this illustrious vehicle has since undergone meticulous restoration, meticulously preserving its original glory.

1963 Corvette Stingray Awards and Accolades: Recognizing Excellence

In its storied history, this remarkable Corvette has garnered numerous accolades, underscoring its exceptional pedigree. From Bloomington Gold certification to MCACN Concours Gold honors, this automotive masterpiece has been celebrated by enthusiasts and experts alike. Notably, it clinched the title of Best Premiere Car at the prestigious Boca Raton Concours, a testament to its enduring legacy.

In the annals of automotive history, the 1963 Corvette Split Window Z06 N03 Coupe stands as a beacon of innovation, performance, and timeless design. With each passing year, its legend only grows, cementing its status as an undisputed icon of American motoring excellence.

VIN 30837S114809 1963 Corvette Stingray Split Window Overview

  • 1963 Corvette Sting Ray Review:
    • Improved in almost every imaginable respect: performance, handling, ride comfort, habitability, and trunk space (though trunk space was somewhat lacking).
    • The press and public loved it, creating high demand, and leading to waiting lists at dealerships.
    • The Corvette factory in St. Louis couldn’t keep up, resulting in the outsourcing of body production to A.O. Smith.
  • 63 Corvette Z06 Option for Racing:
    • Offered racers a comprehensive package for competitive racing.
    • Included:
      • 360-hp L84 fuel-injected V-8 engine.
      • 36.5-gallon fiberglass fuel tank.
      • Four-speed close-ratio manual transmission.
      • Positraction rear end.
    • Engine details: Rochester mechanical fuel injection, unique cast-iron exhaust manifolds, camshaft, forged aluminum pistons, vaned aluminum rocker covers.
    • Special braking components: oversized, finned steel brake drums, dual-circuit, vacuum-boosted master cylinder, “elephant ear” brake-cooling ducts, Cerametalix-lined brake shoes.
    • Unique heavy-duty shocks and springs, 20% larger front anti-roll bar.
    • Performance capabilities: competitive with Europe’s best on-road courses, quarter-mile times in the 14s.
  • Z06 Production and Availability:
    • Originally priced at $1,818.24, mandatory only on coupes.
    • Endurance-racing fuel tank removed as mandatory, making Z06 available for convertibles.
    • Chevrolet built just 78 Z06 coupes with a massive fuel tank.
  • Additional Information on Specific 1963 Corvette Z06:
    • This 1963 Corvette Z06 is No. 51 of the 63 total built.
    • It is the only example finished in a Tuxedo Black with a Red interior.
    • Delivered on May 17, 1963, to Lonnie Glasscock of Corpus Christi, Texas, through Jennings Chevrolet in Robstown, Texas.
    • Glasscock owned the car for 10 years, using it for leisure driving with no competition events recorded.
    • The only Tuxedo Black-over-Red 1963 Corvette Z06/N03
    • No. 51 of only 63 produced with N03 36.5-gallon fuel tank
    • Z06 special heavy-duty brakes and suspension
    • Original matching numbers 327/360 HP engine
    • 4-speed manual transmission
    • 4.56 Positraction differential
    • Sintered metallic power brakes with dual master cylinder and finned drums
    • Heavy-duty springs, shocks, and stabilizers
    • 1963 was the first year for the Sting Ray design and the only year for the Split Window Coupe
    • Original window sticker
    • Ownership History
    • Owner’s manual
  • Restoration and Accolades:
    • Restored to its original presentation using other original cars as references.
    • Still retains its original Rochester fuel-injected 327/360 HP V-8 engine.
    • Received prestigious accolades including:
      • Bloomington Gold certification.
      • MCACN Concours Gold award.
      • Best Premiere Car at the Boca Raton Concours.
  • Z06 Corvette Racing:
  • Not sponsored by Chevrolet, but the company supported privateers competing with Arkus-Duntov’s factory race car.
  • Privately sponsored Z06 Corvettes achieved success at prestigious races including Sebring, Daytona, Watkins Glen, Riverside, and Elkhart Lake.
  • Symbolizes American values of durability, power, and a distinctive engine sound.

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