The 1963 Corvette has to be one of the most iconic Vettes of all time, so when you take an all original Split-Window and tear it down with plans to change things around, you’d better do it justice. Luckily it was Brown’s Classic Autos of Scottsdale, Arizona who took on the project and do it justice they did.
They started the project with plans to sell the Corvette at the Barrett Jackson Scottsdale auction, but partway through the build a client saw what they were planning for the car and purchased it on the spot. They were originally going to use a naturally-aspirated LT1 from Chevrolet Performance and a 6-speed manual transmission, but the new owner wanted more power and one less pedal. They kept the LT1 but added an Edlebrock supercharger on top, now producing a hearty 650 horsepower at the crank. To handle all those horses they went with a 4L65-E automatic transmission from Chevrolet Performance.
The engine and transmission sit atop a full Roadster Shop chassis with a FAB9 housing and four-link suspension in the rear. At all four corners sit coilovers from Penske and Wilwood disk brakes.
At first glance the exterior of the Corvette is a classic and elegant ’63 Split-Window, but the longer you look, the more little details you see. For instance, the exhaust tips blend seamlessly but are the quad-trumpets straight off a C7 Corvette. Wheels from Billet Specialties also let you know the car has some real performance beneath the surface.
The interior is thanks to Hot Rod Interiors in Glendale, Arizona. They covered the factory seats with custom upholstery and built a custom dash, integrating the Vintage Air system and dials from Classic Instruments.