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1963 Corvette Stingray

1st 1963 Production Sold To The Public


Corvette Stingray

VIN: 30867S100003

Sting Ray 30867S10003 (03) is believed to be the 1st 1963 production sold to the public. This was the belief of noted Corvette historian Noland Adams.

327ci, 360hp


4-Speed Manual


Cast Aluminum Knock-Off


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About The 1963 Corvette Stingay

What to call these cars is only part of the controversy. The belief is that, while the 1962 Corvettes were still in production, 1963 Corvettes were on the same line. Historical factory photos actually show a 1963 Corvette being painted at the Flint Pilot Line plant, with the clearly visible double headlights of a 1962 directly behind it, but does that even mean anything? To some, no, it doesn’t.



A GM engineer at the plant the Corvettes were being produced at spoke with us prior to going further. What he told us is that the production of the early VIN Corvettes meant they made 25 cars, all of which had VINs, and all of which hit the road. And as far as those pictures go, the claim by some is that the car was simply there to be painted. Although, this claim seems a bit far fetched. After all, did the St. Louis plant not have its own paint booth for the regular production cars, and if the early production Corvettes were simply an extension of that, how would it make fiscal sense to transport the first of the year models three states away from their birthplace to receive a coat of paint?

While there were 23 bodies in the registry, Vicari notes that there are several blank spots. He explains that this seems to indicate very few that you could actually drive, with the rest never making it to the road. According to Vicari, only 8 or 9 of the 23 (or 25) have been discovered to be complete cars. This theory is supported by mismatching VIN and body numbers on the books.


Sting Ray 03 has many differences from other early cars (the 1st 25) including:

The doors have jog cuts at the upper rear area where the door panel wraps around. The door panel is also different.

The trim tag does not have a date code. Most of the later cars have date codes that starts with an “A” (A17 SN #15, A27 SN#23).

The rear interior panel behind the soft top had salt and pepper carpet. Was the car originally fitted with salt and pepper and changed to solid red? Did the technician just leave the rear panel?

The stainless steel bead at the top of the door only extends to the wing window and not all the way to the front of the door.

The bonding seam behind the FI emblems is made with hand laid fiberglass cloth. It doesn't have a jog for the flag emblem nuts. They had to grind away some of the bonding seam to fit nuts to the emblem.

The window stainless steel trim was hand made. Welds and hammer marks can be seen from the inside. They fit much better than production trim.

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