The stunning Riverside Red 1963 Chevrolet Corvette is the oldest known second-generation Corvette. It is documented by Corvette historians as the first Corvette Sting Ray offered for sale to the general public. It is one of the main attractions at the upcoming 2023 Mecum Kissimmee auction that will be held from January 4 to 15.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
The Chevrolet Corvette Convertible carries VIN 30867S100003. it is the oldest known second-generation Corvette in existence. The amazing vehicle has had a comprehensive restoration.
It is powered by a 327/360 horsepower fuel-injected L84 V-8 engine. It has a 4-speed manual transmission.
In the 1970s, Brian Richardson and his identical twin brother, Bruce, bought and sold Corvettes to finance their college education. Brian Richardson bought this Corvette in Los Angeles in 1975 and decided to keep it. Richardson still owned it when he died in 2022.
The car is documented by author and Corvette historian Noland Adams as the oldest known Corvette Sting Ray.
The Corvette has an unrestored, original body-color hardtop as well as a white softtop. It has a red interior. It has new upholstery that was custom fabricated to match the original first production parts. It has bucket seats.
It has AM radio and rev counter.
It does have a heater/defroster, but most collectors would beat the crap out of you if you ever took it out in inclement weather.
It is equipped with Positraction and has removable aluminum alloy wheels and whitewall tires.
Original parts included such as seat covers, seat foam, door panels and carpets.
Featured in the book “Corvette: 1963–1967” by Larry Galloway, it also comes with plenty of documentation.
It is a main attraction for the upcoming Mecum auction
According to Mecum’s brochure, “All second generation Corvettes are historic and immensely collectible; however, this wonderful example, bearing VIN 30867S100003, is even more so, documented by noted author and Corvette historian Noland Adams as the oldest known second-generation Corvette and the first Corvette Sting Ray offered to the general public.” .
The 1963 Corvette Sting Ray sold in record numbers and is probably best known for having the bold new “split window” body style. It is also known for the magnificent Convertible version.
This vehicle is lot S136 and is being sold without a reserve, which means it does not have to hit a certain price to sell. It is expected to sell for between $600,000 and $800,000, but could go much higher.
For more information on the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray, you can check out Mecum’s Auction Brochure.
You can also register to bid on the true collector’s Corvette Sting Ray.
Screenshot of the Mecum brochure