Can a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray really be worth $200k?

For the Autosport International Show 2019, Motorious is showcasing arguably the finest 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in existence ­– but is it really worth $200k?

The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray (C2) remains one of Americana’s golden vehicles. Alongside the Mustang and F-150, little else encapsulates the full-blown American spirit so celebrated by the rest of the world.

It’s why Motorious were steadfast about showcasing the finest example throughout Birmingham’s four-day Autosport International 2019. Draped in unblemished blue paintwork and sporting all-original details, the Stingray has certainly drawn a huge number of appreciative enthusiasts – although when acquiring about the ’63 Chevy’s value, jaws drop and eyes bulge.

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According to the current market, the Corvette gracing Motorious’ stand in Hall 4 of the National Exhibition Centre is valued at $200,000. However, that assessment is well founded, as this particular Stingray has collectors foaming at the mouth.

For starters, the Chevy underwent a strict rebuild where the majority of original components were retained. The vehicle is mint, both inside and out. Then there is the engine – a heathy 327 cubic inch fuel-injected small block V8 boasting 360bhp, alongside the ability to breach 130mph.

While the C2 remains a fairly rare car on the contemporary market – with only 21,513 coupes and convertibles built – this ’63 is one of only 10,594 coupes to leave the production line between 1963 and 1967. Since then, with the majority falling away with time’s relentless march. Desirability is high, but there aren't enough examples to go around.

As a survivor, the Corvette’s value was always going to rest beyond the reach of mere mortals. Yet, the most significant aspect remains that rear ‘split windscreen’ – cementing the vehicle’s price tag firmly in place.

Only cars from the first year of production offered split rear screens, providing a talismanic quality for true Chevy enthusiasts in search of muscle car nirvana. As a time capsule worthy of collector car status, only Corvette Stingrays with the ‘proper’ rear screen are considered – making the Motorious example a hot commodity.

Examples in lesser health can be picked up for under $50k, but projects will often test the patience of a saint. Besides the exclusivity and condition, the Stingray presented by Motorious radiates an ability that you always pay top dollar for – the capability to drive away trouble free.

If you baulk at the value, the sad news is that prices are only set to increase. At $200k, this Stingray is undoubtedly top of the market. Convertibles often command a slightly higher premium, but it’s the Coupé that does it for us. And judging by market demand, the design does it for the majority of enthusiasts, too.

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