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1963 Split-Window Corvette Coupe


1963 Split-Window Corvette

1963 was the first year for a Corvette coupe, and the models in this year only had the famous "split window" in the rear.

Photo courtesy of RM Auctions

Year(s) Made:

1963 was the only year for the Split-Window Coupe - and it was the first Corvette coupe ever made. Beginning in 1964, the Corvette coupe had a one-piece rear window.

Engine & Transmission:

Engine choices in 1963 ranged from 250 horsepower to the 360 horsepower fuel injected L84 model. The standard transmission was an all-synchro 3-speed manual, with an all-synchro 4-speed manual and 2-speed Powerglide automatic available as options.

Model Notes:

10,594 split-window coupes were made in 1963.

1963 was also the first year for hideaway headlights on Corvettes - a feature that lasted until the advent of the C6 design in 2005.

The 1963 Corvette coupe was designed by Larry Shinoda.

1963 was the first year of the Z06 option code, which indicated the fuel-injected engine, heavy duty suspension, aluminum knock-off wheels, heavy duty brakes, 36-gallon fiberglass fuel tank, and limited slip rear end. 198 Z06 coupes and one Z06 convertible were made.

An excellent condition 1963 Split-Window Corvette coupe will cost you anywhere from $40,000 to $185,000, with the price varying mostly on engine selection. The highest prices are for the Z06.

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