1963 Split-Window Corvette Barn Find: 33 Years In Storage

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When a California man passed away recently, he left behind a barn full of stuff. Amongst the stuff was a 1963 split-window Corvette (pictured below) in what appears to be fairly good, if neglected, condition.

There is, of course, the usual three-decades coating of dust, and what looks like a fair bit of rust on the chrome bumper (and likely elsewhere) but on the whole, the split-window Corvette looks pretty much intact and restorable.

According to the person relaying the story at Corvette Forum (via Corvette Blogger), the car has been in storage since 1979, meaning it spent just 16 years on the road before becoming a hermit. The car is thought to be a completely stock, one-owner example.

It's not yet clear what will happen to this prize, but we're sure the car will bring a pretty penny should the new owner decide to sell it--though it would also serve as a fantastic memento of the man who once owned it. If it's restored, it might one day rival the beautiful '63 split-window shown above.

1963 split-window Corvette barn find. Image via Corvette Forum user Bruce at Billet.

1963 split-window Corvette barn find. Image via Corvette Forum user Bruce at Billet.

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Comments (14)
  1. Oh damn why can't I find a beauty like this.

  2. I hope it's not restored - just cleaned up and made drivable.
    It's only original once.

  3. I agree with Brian Parker, No Restro! just make it road worthy, repair to mechanical's the best option for this Gem. There should be a few more of these and other 50/60s cars showing up now, and in near future. The owners are of the age, and families will discover these cars the owner had such a connection to they could not part with them, for whatever reason.

  4. That is sooo coolllllllllllll!

  5. This reminds me of a song by David Ball called Riding with Private Malone. It tells the story of a returning serviceman who goes to buy an old "Chevy" that he finds listed in the classified ads, and discovers when he arrives at the seller's house that the "old Chevy" hidden under a tarp in her barn is actually a 66' Corvette.

  6. I have a 1978 Monte Carlo Landaw in my garage has been on blocks for fourteen yrs during the winter's, It is just like I bought it. Anyone have any idea what it is worth?

  7. Probably less than you paid for it. There is little to no demand for a Monte Carlo especially a 78, just because it is old doesn't make it valuable. Sorry.

  8. Top dollar maybe 3000 to the right buyer

  9. May I please have the corvette??

  10. I kinda found a similar one- a 1965 K GT fastback mustang in a garage for 37 years and the owner had only driven it 600 miles in that time. It had 58,800 miles when I got it- running, still drivable, VIN stamped motor and complete original drivetrain, including hi-po carb. Owner had lost his job and had to sell the car to keep his house. DMV records show 58,200 miles when title was issued in this state.

  11. Ummm... not possible, Ford didn't stamp the VIN numbers on their engines at that time, only Chevrolet did because engine thefts were occurring in their HP vehicles. Ford started doing partial VIN stamping in 1968 on the 428 CJ blocks.

  12. I got mine in '69. 2 roll offs to get it home, was rear ended by a 'Pete' and shoved under a bobtail! $200 purchase says there wasn't much not destroyed or damaged, but I fully rebuilt it and a year later with $900 in parts, drove it 10 years until my divorce. The ex didn't get it, I sold it by court order, but she got the gold mine!

  13. Didn't mention it in my original post, but it was a '63 Split Window. It brought $72,480 when sold by court order in 1980, and the new owner drove it away grinning ear to ear! I was amazed at the sale price, but never got to enjoy the proceeds. My ex used the money to pay off her divorce attorney!

  14. I have a 62 Caddy Fleetwood that was my grandaddy's and then my Mom's... she left it to me. You can see yourself in that paint from 20' away... less than 100k original miles. I also found a 68 AMX 390 go-pack with less than 50k miles... it was a little rough, but is almost completely back together - show quality. My ex got the 68 barracuda w/hemi (not original hemi). I know it's not the same as the "older" cars on here, but we just bought my wife (traded-in for a much better wife 10 years ago ;) ) a 99 Caddy Sedan deville D'elegance with less than 30k original miles that looks (and smells!) like it just came off the showroom floor!

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