Sports & Classics of Monterey

12-14 August 2010

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Lot 248

1963 Chevrolet Corvette "Pilot Line" Sting Ray Roadster

Sold for $104,500


360 bhp, 327 cu. in. L84 V8 engine, Rochester mechanical fuel-injection, Muncie four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension with upper and lower A-arms and coil springs front, and half-shafts, lateral struts, radius rods, and a single transverse leaf spring rear, and hydraulic front disc, rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 98"



- From an important private collection

- A real “pilot line” car, one of four believed to exist

- From the landmark introductory year of the Sting Ray

- Equipped with “fuelie” 327/360 V8

- Desirable open bodywork and color combination



Penned by GM stylist Larry Shinoda under Bill Mitchell, the all-new 1963 Corvette Sting Ray introduced the aerodynamic styling and superb engineering that created an instant classic. Underneath that gorgeous new bodywork was a serious sports car, riding on a four-inch shorter wheelbase than before and equipped with a simple yet effective independent rear suspension courtesy of Zora Arkus-Duntov.



Of the four 327-cubic inch engine options, the L84 360-horsepower variant propelled the Corvette to 60 mph in under six seconds. Contemporary magazines unanimously praised the new Sting Ray’s handling and performance, with Motor Trend testers remarking, “We thought the old model cornered darn well, but there’s no comparing it to this new one.” Perhaps the most telling endorsement came from Zora Arkus-Duntov, who said, “For the first time I now have a Corvette I can be proud to drive in Europe.”



Both the 1963 Sting Ray and the fuel-injected models, in particular, remain design and engineering benchmarks. This example is particularly remarkable as Sting Ray number 15, being a real "pilot line" or pre-production car for 1963 and believed to be one of approximately four such cars known to exist today. According to a recent inspection, the Corvette shows just 15 miles since it received a body-off-frame restoration. Today, the paint, door fit and interior are good, the brightwork is driver quality, the engine bay is clean and proper but not over-restored, and the undercarriage remains show-quality in presentation. However, as this Corvette has been on display as part of a private collection, we recommend a thorough service prior to extensive road use.



The Corvette includes a four-speed manual transmission, an AM radio, “knock off” turbine-style wheels and power windows. With its desirable color combination, high-performance powertrain, sheer rarity and historical significance, the offering of this fuel-injected 1963 Sting Ray is truly a rare opportunity that cannot be missed by serious Corvette collectors and enthusiasts.

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Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 9... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. He is a life-long automobile enthusiast and ... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Ian Kelleher

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California, United States

Ian Kelleher began his automotive career immediately following his graduation from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts in Politica... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Jonathan Sierakowski

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Ontario, Canada

Jonathan Sierakowski developed a passion for classic cars while working at a Connecticut restoration shop as a teenager. He graduated with a... read more

Kurt Forry

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California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. He att... read more

Peter Wallman

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United Kingdom

Peter Wallman joined RM Europe in 2007 following nearly two decades in the international advertising industry, where he was based out ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more