1963 Chevrolet Corvette - Misterl's Midyear

'63 Built For Harley Earl To Be Auctioned By Mecum At '09 Bloomington Gold

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Data File: '63 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Convertible
Original Owner: Harley Earl (Retired GM V.P.-Styling)
Currently owned by: Bob McDorman, Canal Winchester, Ohio

Production '63 Sting Ray convertible with RPO C07 removable hardtop. Bodywork and paint preparation: GM Styling, Warren Michigan
Paint: Blue with longitudinal white center stripe; applied by GM Styling

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Frame: Production '63 Sting Ray
Suspension: (Front) coil springs with unequal-length A-arms and tubular shocks (Rear) Independent rear suspension with tubular shocks and transverse steel leaf spring bundle
Steering: Restored OEM GM-Saginaw recirculating-ball, power-assisted
Brakes: Restored OEM GM-Delco Moraine drum-and-shoe brakes with 11-inch (OEM size) drums, power-assisted
Wheels: '63-style (RPO P48) cast aluminum wheels with two-prong spinners

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Chevrolet overhead-valve smallblock V8 (RPO L75)
Built by: Chevrolet Motor Division's Flint Engine Plant, Flint, Michigan
Displacement: 327 cubic inches
Compression ratio: 10.5:1
Cylinder heads: Production RPO L75 cast iron
Ignition: OEM Delco points-style ignition
Induction: One Carter AFB four-barrel carburetor
Exhaust: Cast iron manifolds with custom-made (by GM Styling) sidemount exhausts
Horsepower: 300 @ 5000 rpm (Advertised)
Torque: 360 ft. /lbs. @ 3200 rpm (Advertised)

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OEM Borg-Warner T-10 four-speed manual
Shifter: Original Corvette four-speed shifter with spring-loaded reverse lockout
Rearend: RPO G81 Positraction with 3:.36:1 rear gears

Modified production '63 Sting Ray
Modifications: Auxiliary gauge set on right side of dash, custom seat upholstery
Seats: Production '63 buckets with custom white/blue leather upholstery
Carpets: OEM nylon loop-pile
Instrumentation: OEM '63 Corvette (0-140 mph speedometer, 0-8000 rpm tachometer with 5800 rpm redline, plus fuel level, oil pressure, ammeter, coolant temperature gauges and electric clock), plus auxiliary instruments (Accelerometer, 24-hour rally clock, Tach, Oil Pressure, Vacuum and Inside Temperature gauges) on right side of dash
Sound system: OEM Delco (RPO U65) signal-seeking AM radio
HVAC: OEM Harrison heater/defroster, no A/C


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