1963 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie Restomod

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie Restomod

This 1963 Corvette split-window coupe has a matching-numbers L84 327/360, 4-speed manual, with Daytona Blue paint. However, there aren’t many prettier investment-grade Corvettes than this Top-Flight split-window coupe with the “fuelie” engine.

Dark blue on a Corvette is dramatic, and Corvette owners are enthusiastic about their cars. Moreover, no split-window coupe looks better than one in code 916 Daytona Blue. In addition, this fiberglass work of art demands and grabs attention, and the driver smiles ear-to-ear.

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie Restomod – Remarkable Lines

Fit and finish are superb, matching the car’s price and status with no flaws. Furthermore, this automobile is almost perfect. However, even up close, all the minor details are right: the headlights sit flush, the door gaps are even, and the body’s pleat is sharp enough to cut.

gorgeous hood on the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie Restomod

This C2’s bumpers and rocker panel moldings restored. Fuel Injection is the coolest insignia on a ’63 Corvette.

Comfortable Interior

It has a factory-original dark blue interior (490J on the trim tag). In addition, the restomod has all new seat covers, carpets, door panels, and center console. Furthermore, the restomod’s gauges, aftermarket additions, finished to the highest level. This includes the 160 MPH speedometer and 6500 RPM redline tach (lesser models had 5500 RPM redlines). Even the clock works.

interior of the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie Restomod

This one has a Corvette vertical radio, carpeted floor mats, and a sturdy shifter on the 4-speed manual transmission. There’s a lot of cargo room under the split back window, but it would be a shame to cover the carpets. Nothing detracts from the true Corvette experience.

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie Restomod – Numbers Matching Powertrain

numbers matching engine in the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie Restomod

This numbers-matching L84 develops well over “one horsepower per cubic inch” which made the 1957 Fuelie an icon. It runs nicely today, with a cackling exhaust noise and mechanical lifters on the high-lift cam.

All the correct details are there, too, from the chrome air cleaner and ignition shield, to the finned valve covers. All the numbers match, including the date-coded Rochester fuel injection system and RF suffix code stamping.

Ram’s horn exhaust manifolds dump into a reproduction dual exhaust system. Clean floors and robust underpinnings make this a show-caliber car in every way. Due to production constraints, no knock-offs were available for 1963. As a result, this car sports steel wheels with spinner hubcaps and 6.70-15 bias-ply whitewalls.

  • Why is the Corvette called Stingray?
    The name “Stingray,” or “Sting Ray” as it was written in 1963, evokes an immediate connection to predatory fish of the ocean. Indeed, two concept Corvettes shared the namesake of a Mako Shark caught by Bill Mitchell, Vice President of Design at General Motors, (1958-1977).
  • Why was there no 1983 Corvette?
    The biggest reason why no model-year 1983 Corvettes were sold has to do with the state of California, which changed its emissions requirements before C4 production began The Corvette team didn’t do that. Instead, they worked on making the car better in all possible aspects before starting the line in earnest for 1984.
  • When did corvette stop using fiberglass?
    Corvette’s use of advanced materials began in 1953. Moreover, the first Corvettes were produced with all-fiberglass bodies. Every Corvette since has featured a composite-material body. Fiberglass, the lightweight, rust-proof composite material, was first considered for use on a GM vehicle by legendary designer Harley Earl.

Brook Walsh

For nearly 30 years, I've had a fascination with restomods. I've learned from real-world experience what restomod gear works and what doesn't. This is the site where I share everything I've learned.

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