With a big auction week upon us, it’s a time of making tough decisions. There are so many cool cars crossing blocks at various venues in Scottsdale, Arizona that anyone looking to place bids is going to have to forego some options in favor of others. In this case we have two 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window coupes, both being auctioned by RM Sotheby’s, so at least the location is the same. The question is, which would you pick if forced to choose? It’s not an easy decision.
First is a Riverside Red over black ’63 Chevy Corvette Stingray ZO6 Big Tank which ticks off all the right boxes for serious collectors. It has two very desirable options, the ZO6 Special Performance Equipment Group, which dials up performance with additions like larger shocks and springs, a thicker front sway bar, and upgraded brakes. The N03 Big Tank means a high-capacity 36.5-gallon fuel tank is added, perfect for motorsports. To top it off, this ‘Vette boasts NCRS Top Flight certification and a Bloomington Gold certification, plus claimed the 2016 AACA Grand National Frist Prize.
Then there’s the Tuxedo Black over black 1963 Chevy Corvette Stingray. Arguably more sophisticated in its looks, thanks largely to the darker paint, this could also be the more budget-friendly way to get a split-window coupe. Of course, the estimated $140,000 to $180,000 this Chevrolet is estimated to net isn’t exactly pocket change, but it’s a fraction of what the other could command. Plus this car is being offered at no reserve, so there’s always the chance it could sell for less than the estimated range.
An oddity in Corvette history is the first production year of the C2 Corvette. For the 1963 model year, GM not only rolled out a new Stingray body, hardtop coupes came with a split rear window. It didn’t take long for owners to complain about rearward visibility, and so for 1964 and moving forward the rear window was a single pane of glass with no metal obstructions. Ever since, collectors have been obsessing over those few split-window Corvettes.
Which car would you bid on?
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