Countless Color: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette L76 Convertible 45K – Sold?

by | Feb 2024 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Sports Car Saturday

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April 4, 2024, Update – We confirmed the listing for this “ClassiFIND” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

February 15, 2024 Update – The seller replaced their latest expired listing with the third Craigslist ad that we are aware of. The pictures, description, and $65,000 asking price continue to carry over.

January 8, 2024 Update – The seller replaced their expired listing with their second Craigslist ad that we are aware of. The pictures, description, and $65,000 asking price all carry over.

Vintage Corvette owners often have a wealth of data available about options and color codes for each model year and how many of each Chevrolet produced.  However, that is not always true for C1 and C2 generation Corvettes regarding exterior color production. Chevrolet kept spotty production records by color for both C1 and C2 Corvettes. Chevrolet offered the new-for-1963 C2 Corvette in seven colors: Tuxedo Black, Silver Blue, Daytona Blue, Riverside Red, Saddle Tan, Ermine White, and Sebring Silver. Of these seven, Chevrolet only had records of three (Daytona Blue, Riverside Red, and Sebring Silver), and even those numbers do not break down the distribution of production by Split Window Coupe and Convertible.

What is known are the production values of every key option.  Chevrolet offered three carburetor-topped versions of the 327 cubic inch small block V8 for 1963.  The top of the non-fuel injection heap was the L76 version, rated at 340 horsepower. Production records indicate that 6,978 of the 21,513 (32%) 1963 Corvettes produced came equipped with that $107.80 engine option. Over half of the 10,919 Corvette convertible buyers that year, however, opted for the $236.75 auxiliary hardtop. The 1963 C2 Corvette’s base price included a three-speed manual as standard equipment.  Not surprisingly, over eighty percent of 1963 Corvette buyers also ordered the $188.30 M20 4-Speed manual option.

This Tuxedo Black over Red 1963 Chevrolet Corvette For Sale, first spotted on Craigslist in St. Regis, Montana, in December 2023, is a stunning, well-photographed example featuring all three options mentioned above. With only 45,000 miles listed, we assume this C2 Corvette convertible for sale is a survivor-quality example. However, you’ll need to confirm whether that is indeed the case with the seller. If this is truly a survivor-quality car featuring it’s original paint and interior, we would love to know that back story of how it was kept so pristine for sixty years.

Last offered for $65,000, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask aligns with this guide’s six-month results for L76-equipped 1963 Corvette coupes and convertibles.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for recently:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $62,500 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $86,000 before making adjustments for what is assumed to be the original numbers-matching 327/340 V8 (5%) and the optional removable hardtop (5%).

The 1963 Corvette Convertible, equipped with the formidable 340 horsepower version of the 327 cubic inch V8 engine and a 4-speed manual transmission, is an iconic representation of Amercia’s premier sports car. This model marked a significant chapter in Corvette history, combining cutting-edge technology, sleek design, and potent performance.

Under the hood, the heart of the 1963 Corvette was the 327 cubic inch V8 engine, a marvel of engineering that reflected the muscle car ethos of the era. The engine boasted a displacement of 327 cubic inches, equivalent to 5.4 liters, and was available in several configurations. The 340 horsepower version was one of the more potent choices, delivering exhilarating power and torque. This small-block V8 featured a 4.00-inch bore and a 3.25-inch stroke, balancing high-end power and low-end torque harmoniously.

One of the standout features of the 327 V8 was its high-performance cylinder heads. Equipped with large intake and exhaust ports and high-flow valves, these heads optimized airflow for improved combustion efficiency. The result was increased power and a distinctive, throaty exhaust note that became synonymous with the Corvette’s performance prowess.

Complementing the potent engine was the 4-speed manual transmission, an integral component that allowed drivers to harness the full potential of the 327 V8. This transmission featured a robust design with a close-ratio gear setup, providing precise control over the power delivery, including a 4-speed manual transmission. It enhanced performance and catered to enthusiasts who relished the tactile engagement of shifting gears, adding to the overall driving experience.

The 1963 Corvette Convertible showcased a sleek, timeless design that captivated automotive enthusiasts. The body featured elegant curves and aerodynamic lines, contributing to the Corvette’s dynamic and aggressive stance.

The convertible top added versatility to the Corvette experience, allowing drivers to enjoy open-air motoring when desired. The top, when raised, blended seamlessly with the car’s design, maintaining the sleek profile. The availability of a convertible option underscored the Corvette’s commitment to delivering a driving experience that combined performance with style.

On the chassis front, the 1963 Corvette featured an independent rear suspension system, a departure from the solid axle configuration of previous models. This innovation improved handling and ride comfort, making the Corvette more agile and responsive. Adopting a modern suspension system demonstrated Chevrolet’s commitment to refining the Corvette’s performance characteristics.

Regarding braking, the 1963 Corvette featured drum brakes all around.  Four-wheel disc brakes were not available until the 1965 model year.

Inside the cabin, the 1963 Corvette offered a driver-centric cockpit focusing on ergonomics and functionality. Bucket seats provided both comfort and lateral support during spirited driving, while the instrument panel featured a set of gauges that provided essential information to the driver. The interior design emphasized the connection between driver and machine, reinforcing the Corvette’s performance-oriented identity.

The 1963 Corvette Convertible with the 340 horsepower version of the 327 cubic inch V8 and 4-speed manual transmission represented a pinnacle of American automotive engineering in the 1960s. From its potent powertrain to its timeless design and advanced features, this Corvette remains an enduring symbol of performance and style, leaving an indelible mark on the history of American sports cars.

The West Chevrolet YouTube Channel features this 1963 Chevrolet Corvette commercial:

Whether it is truly a low-mileage survivor or a nicely restored example, this Tuxedo Black over red 1963 Chevrolet Corvette convertible for sale is a stunning example of a milestone year C2.  With the seller noting that their C2’s only issue is an intermittent clock, buyers have little to do in the short term other than to buy and enjoy this C2 Corvette for sale.

If you are serious about buying this Corvette convertible, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their 327/340 C2 convertible featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1963 Corvette convertible, 327ci 340hp 4-speed, hard and soft tops. Brand new tires. Show quality car. Everything works. The clock sometimes stops. Beautiful color combination 45,000 miles. The car is located in St Regis Mt and can be delivered in an enclosed trailer for a small fee. If the ad is up, it’s still available. Don’t ask!

Show or go: What would you do with this Black 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible for sale? Please comment below and let us know!

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