Harley Earl, the father of the Corvette and so many other seminal General Motors classics, was a pioneer in the field of automotive design. His personal 1963 Corvette reflects that spirit, and now that it's up for auction, Corvette collectors around the world are paying attention.

Built specifically for Earl as a one-of-a-kind factory special, the car - officially named the 1963 Harley Earl Chevrolet Corvette Convertible - offers a package unlike any other. Side-exit exhaust, unique door panels, one-off glove box-mounted instruments, custom white-trimmed blue leather interior and a hand-written number code make this car unlike any other.

Originally given to Earl as a gift by GM in 1963, the car was designed to closely resemble the 1963 Chicago Auto Show Corvette. Earl kept the car for two years, after which it traced a circuitous path to the hands of a Corvette enthusiast and middle-school teacher who set about restoring it to its former glory.

Now sporting a 1963-dated (but not original) 327ci 300hp engine mated to a four-speed tranny, 1965-sourced chrome trim, emblems, control knobs and disc brakes and its original custom interior and exterior blue and white color scheme, the Harley Earl Corvette will be going up on the auction block at Mecum Auctions Bloomington Gold Corvette Auction June 26-27 in St. Charles, Illinois.
Via: TheCarConnection