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Lot 189

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 'Split-Window' Coupe

  • Chassis no. 30837S116260

Sold for $253,000


300 bhp, 327 cu. in V-8 engine with a single Carter four-barrel carburetor, Powerglide automatic transmission, independent front and rear suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 98 in.

  • Entirely original and unrestored
  • Formerly of the Chip Miller Collection
  • One of 278 with factory air conditioning


Nineteen sixty-three was a big year for the Corvette. It was 10 years after the model’s premier, and Chevrolet was releasing the second generation of America’s sports car to great acclaim. The Corvette, now dubbed the “Sting Ray,” boasted an independent rear suspension, optional power steering, power brakes, and air conditioning. Its styling was drastically different than the car it replaced, but it was still incredibly attractive. Also, for the first time ever, Chevrolet offered the Corvette in both coupe and convertible body styles, with the coupe defined by a stylistic rear split-window, which would only survive as a one-year feature due to rear visibility concerns.

This ’63 Split-Window Coupe was finished in Sebring Silver over a black interior, and it was fitted with Chevrolet’s venerable 327-cubic inch engine, which could produce 300 horsepower and was mated to a Powerglide automatic transmission. It was also fitted with an AM/FM radio and the highly desirable option of factory air conditioning, which was an option that only 278 Corvettes were equipped with for that model year.

Not only is this Corvette presented in completely original and unrestored condition, but it was also owned by a life-long enthusiast and very noteworthy figure in the Corvette world, Chip Miller. In the mid-1970s, Chip and fellow enthusiast Bill Miller started Corvettes at Carlisle, which has steadily grown into one of the largest Corvette-centric events on the planet. Chip had an eye for quality, and he eventually built a private collection that featured a number of Corvettes from throughout the model’s history; all of the examples are notable for their extremely low mileage and original condition. This Sting Ray was sold from his estate in 2006, subsequently being purchased by the Andrews’ for their own collection. In their possession, the car’s original condition has continued to be preserved and maintained, just as Chip would have wanted.

The 1963 Split-Window is a landmark of American automotive design, as it is considered by many to be America’s most attractive post-war automotive design. The Sting Ray is simultaneously muscular and sensual, and its design perfectly mimics its personality, as it is both a capable sports car, with wins at some of the world’s most arduous races, and a wonderful grand-tourer that is ideal for cruising America’s highways.

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Alexander Weaver

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Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

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Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

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David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

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As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

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Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

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Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more